Climate change is the greatest policy challenge of our time, which is why
the Community & Public Sector Union (CPSU) today welcomes an
announcement that an Albanese Labor Government will commit to a net zero
Australian Public Service (APS) by 2030.
The public service is one of the 50 biggest emitters in the nation, and so
taking action to get to net zero by 2030 makes a material difference to
meeting national goals and our international obligations.
In addition, the Commonwealth must show leadership and be a role model for
The Commonwealth government can and should demonstrate best practice
standards as a major employer and involve staff in developing and
The Commonwealth can also play an important role through its procurement of
goods and services by setting targets and driving change to encourage the
uptake of climate solutions.
The Labor plan announced today stands in contrast to the track record of
the current Government – who has not set ambitious emissions targets for
the federal public service, or even published reports on annual operational
emissions for the APS since coming to office in 2013.
CPSU believes that Labor’s net zero plan for the public service is
practical and readily achievable.
Melissa Donnelly, CPSU National Secretary says, “The public service is one
of the 50 biggest emitters in the nation, and so taking action to get to
net zero by 2030 makes a material difference to meeting national goals and
our international obligations.
“The next parliament must show leadership on climate change and, as a major
employer, the federal government can do that by setting the standard for
best practice in net zero operational emissions. The solutions already
exist; it is possible to achieve net zero by using existing technology and
“Today’s announcement is a welcome change from what we have come to expect
from the Morrison Government, which has refused to even publish the annual
operational emissions for the APS.
“The federal government should be leading by example. Today’s announcement
would establish the public service as a leader and role model.”