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. It must also develop five yearly sector pledges which describe the actions government will take to reduce Victorian'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 is now seeking input from Victorians to inform its decision on targets and consideration of priority actions to reduce Victoria’s emissions to inform development of pledges to 2025.
The questions below outline the issues the Victorian Government is particularly interested in receiving stakeholder feedback on. You do not need to answer all questions.
We also welcome written submissions, which can be uploaded at the bottom of this page.
This consultation is open until 22 July 2019.