Our vision for Victoria in 2050 is an agile, prosperous economy
that maximises the job opportunities presented by climate change, technology
and emerging industries. It will be a state powered by renewable clean energy
with infrastructure that supports low carbon living for all Victorians.
DELWP is leading the Victorian
Government's commitment to climate change action, working across state
government and with local government, business and the community to develop
effective strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help Victoria adapt
to the effects of climate change.
Victoria's climate change action is
aligned with internationally agreed scientific evidence which tells us that to keep global temperature increase to
well below 2 degrees, emissions need to decline to net zero levels by the
second half of the century.
Everyone has a role to play in
addressing climate change. DELWP works with Sustainability Victoria, who helps businesses
and communities respond to climate change.
Climate Change Bill
On 22 November
2016, the Victorian Government introduced the Climate Change Bill 2016 into
Parliament to create a new Climate Change Act, as the latest step in
reinstating Victoria as a leader in climate change action.
The Bill gives
effect to the majority of the commitments set out in the Government's response
to the 2015 Independent Review of the Climate
Change Act 2010. If passed, the Bill will provide Victoria with a world
leading legislative foundation to manage climate change risks, maximise the
opportunities that arise from decisive action, and drive our transition to a
climate resilient community and economy with net zero emissions by 2050.
repeals and re-enacts the Climate Change
Act 2010 to:
- embed a long-term emissions reduction target of net zero by 2050;
- require five yearly interim targets to keep Victoria on track to meet this long-term target;
- introduce a new set of policy objectives and an updated set of guiding principles to embed climate change in government decision making;
- require a Climate Change Strategy every five years to set out how Victoria will meet its targets and adapt to the impacts of climate change;
- require Adaptation Action Plans for key systems that are either vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, or are essential to ensure Victoria is prepared;
- establish a pledging model to reduce emissions from government's own operations and from across the economy; and
- establish a system of periodic reporting to provide transparency, accountability and ensure the community remains informed.
The Bill sits
alongside other key Victorian Government energy and climate change initiatives including
Victoria's Climate Change Framework, Victoria's Climate Change Adaptation Plan
2017-2020 and the Renewable Energy Action Plan.
more about the 2015 Independent Review and Government's response here.
The Bill will be publicly available online from
Wednesday 23 November here
Victoria's Emissions Reduction Target
- Net Zero by 2050
The Victorian Government has committed to legislating a
long-term target for Victoria of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
This was a key recommendation of the Independent
Review of the Climate Change Act 2010 and is a significant step towards
restoring Victoria's status as a leader and model for other governments in
tackling climate change.
This net zero target means that by 2050 Victoria's greenhouse
gas emissions will be reduced as far as possible and any remaining emissions
will be balanced through activities like planting trees or capturing more
carbon in the ocean and coastal ecosystems. This target provides Victoria with
the flexibility and time for a just, orderly and low-cost transition.
A net zero 2050 emissions reduction target for Victoria helps
to provide long term certainty for investment and guide the important
transitions ahead for our economy, industries, cities and regions. Ensuring we
are at the forefront of the global transition to a low carbon economy will help
us seize the economic opportunities that this presents.
Victoria has some of the best renewable energy resources in
the world, including wind, solar and wave power. Along with a highly skilled
workforce, we also have the innovation, research and development capabilities
to become leaders in renewable technology in the Asia Pacific region. Victoria
is well positioned to draw on the employment and economic benefits that this
FAQs on Emissions Reduction Target
will we get there? A staged approach
Making the transition to a low carbon economy is a big change
that requires careful timing and management. To ensure this important and
ambitious target is reached, we will set five yearly interim emissions
Interim targets will give us an opportunity to plot our pathway
to net zero.
Our long-term emissions reduction target and the accompanying
five yearly interim targets are the first step in creating certainty for
climate action in Victoria. They will drive government policy and programs
across all portfolios, and facilitate action from all Victorians to ensure we
achieve our goals.
TAKE2 - Victoria's pledge program
The Victorian Government is introducing TAKE2 a multi-sector
pledging program to reduce emissions and help set Victoria on the pathway to
achieve our 2050 target. This pledge program is also a recommendation of the Independent
Review of the Climate Change Act 2010.
TAKE2 will showcase the great work already being done across
state and local government, business and community to reduce emissions, and
will consolidate this as the springboard for Victoria's ongoing long term
transition to a low carbon economy. Victorians are invited to visit the pledge
website at Take2.vic.gov.au and register their commitment to be
a part of helping Victoria reach net zero by 2050.
Acting on climate change is a shared responsibility and the
Victorian Government will play its part by committing to mandatory pledges
across every government department and key sectors of the economy.
Government operational pledges
All Victorian Government departments will make pledges that
include actions to reduce emissions within their department. This will
contribute to one whole-of-government pledge for emissions reductions.
Data from 2014-2015 shows that Victorian government
departments emitted 102,840 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from
office-based energy and vehicle use, air travel and waste to landfill.
Emissions from wider government operations are many times greater than this.
There is a lot we can do to improve our emissions output.
The Victorian Government will contribute to Victoria's
emissions reduction target by ensuring our offices, fleet and assets are as
energy efficient as possible, and by taking advantage of clean energy
capabilities and new technologies.
We will also be looking at how organisational behaviour
change can support emissions reductions, by using public transport for
departmental travel instead of driving, and by switching off computers and
lights when not in use. Collectively, the sum of many small actions can achieve
significant emissions reductions.
The Victorian Government will
also make pledges to reduce emissions across a number of key sectors, these
include energy, agriculture, transport and waste management.
These pledges will ensure that
our short and long-term planning and policy decisions don't lock us in to
energy intensive practices, but instead, move towards low-emissions industries
In the energy sector, we have
already released the Renewable
Energy Roadmap, Energy
Efficiency and Productivity Statement, and New Energy
Technology Strategy, and have
provided funding to
two pioneering community solar projects.
In the transport sector, the
Transport Technologies Sector Strategy will drive Victoria's
involvement in new automotive technology. We are also investing in Victoria's
public transport future through Melbourne Metro, regional rail, buses and
network development, and are improving existing infrastructure
through level crossing removal and duplicating tracks.
In the waste sector, we have
already reduced our emissions by 44% since 2000, driven by policy around
methane capture from landfills. We are looking for other ways to keep our emissions
down through the Victorian
Organics Resource Recovery Strategy. To further grow jobs in new
energy technology, Victoria will also construct a facility that produces energy
from the food waste generated from the commercial and industrial sector.
Climate Change and
version of the Climate Change and Victoria website, developed by the Department of Environment, Land,
Water and Planning is now live.
Climate Change and Victoria website, www.climatechange.vic.gov.au, is a
one-stop shop for information on climate change action happening across the
State, science updates specific to Victorian regions and useful resources.