sector will be a leader in the state's climate change mitigation and adaptation
actions, equipped with the most up-to-date understanding of climate change and
associated risks to water resources. Climate change considerations will be
embedded in all operational decisions.
- Achieve net-zero emissions in the water sector by 2050
- Understand and apply climate science to water management
- Lead climate change adaptation across Victoria's water system
Victoria sets a
long-term plan to prepare for and respond to climate change
Over recent decades Victoria's climate has become drier and warmer. The recent Millennium Drought was the worst drought Australia has experienced on record.
Streamflows could reduce by around 50 per cent in some catchments by 2065. This has serious consequences for everyone - households, industry, agriculture, recreation, cultural values, and liveability and for waterway health, our environment and native plants and animals.
Climate change will also bring more extreme events including drought, floods and heatwaves, which can increase human and environmental demand for water, impact on productivity, and also threaten water infrastructure.
We must act now, building on the good work done to get Victoria through the Millennium Drought, to reduce the impact and costs of later responses.
The Victorian Government is investing in climate research and working with community groups, local government, Traditional Owners, research organisations and the water sector to prepare for climate change.
net-zero emissions water sector
Victoria sets the goal of taking Victoria's water sector as the largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions from government activities to net-zero emissions by 2050. The four metropolitan water corporations will explore an early path to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030.
The water sector contributes almost a quarter (24%) of the government's greenhouse emissions (mainly from sewerage treatment), followed by the rail (19%) and health care sectors (18%).
Victoria also sets the target for the water sector to source at least 25 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, and 40 per cent by 2025