The Victorian Government is committed to delivering strong and lasting action on climate change for the community. The Climate Change Act 2017 provides 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 greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Under the Climate Change Act 2017 the government must determine emissions reduction targets for 2025 and 2030 by 31 March 2020 and the decision must be tabled in Parliament within 10 sitting days. It must also develop five yearly sector pledges which describe the actions government will take to reduce Victoria's emissions. The first round of pledges to meet Victoria’s interim target to 2025 must be finalised by 1 August 2020.
There are significant advantages for Victoria in taking strong action on climate change now. We can improve the productivity and competitiveness of Victoria’s economy, while creating new jobs and investment opportunities in emerging low-carbon industries.
Independent Expert Panel's Advice
The government received a report from the Independent Expert Panel on Interim Emissions Reduction Targets chaired by the Hon Greg Combet AM. The Independent Expert Panel’s recommended interim targets and indicative emissions trajectories to 2050 are summarised in the figure below. The Panel’s report will inform the government’s decision on interim targets
The report and further details of the Independent Expert Panel can be found at https://engage.vic.gov.au/climate-change-targets-2...
The government undertook consultation during June and July 2019 following the release of the Independent Expert Panel’s report.
This consultation is now closed. We received around 3,300 written submissions with over 80 from organisations and around 3,200 from individuals. The submissions from organisations are published below along with a summary of the submissions from individuals.
We would like to thank all those that made submissions for their interest in progressing Victorian action on climate change. We are currently working through the submissions received.
The Victorian Government is committed to continuing its engagement with the Victorian community on this important matter as it considers what Victoria’s emissions reduction targets and the actions to meet those targets should be. Please visit www.climatechange.vic.gov.au to keep updated on engagement opportunities in your area.
Dates and locations of future engagement opportunities will be posted as they become available. Otherwise, if you would like to provide further information on this matter, please email email@example.com.
Submissions from individuals
Summarises the key views emerging in submissions received from around 600 separate responses from individuals and provides the text submitted by individuals through 2,700 coordinated emails.
Submissions on behalf of organisations
The questions below show the issues the Victorian Government sought stakeholder feedback on.