Overview

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

Independent Expert Panel graph showing recommended interim targets for 2025 and 2030, and possible trajectories for emissions reductions to net zero by 2050

The report and further details of the Independent Expert Panel can be found at https://engage.vic.gov.au/climate-change-targets-2...

The consultation

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 climate.change@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Submissions

Submissions

Submissions from individuals

Summary of submissions from individuals - climate change targets and actions
PDF (365.98 KB)

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.

Summary of submissions from individuals - climate change targets and actions [ACCESSIBLE VERSION]
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Submissions on behalf of organisations

Submission - climate change targets and actions - ACCIONA
PDF (665.24 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - AGL
PDF (2.29 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Alinta Energy
PDF (176.75 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Australian Conservation Foundation Community CERES
PDF (91.38 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Australian Energy Council
PDF (3.01 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Australian Forest Products Association
PDF (282.56 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Australian Gas Infrastructure Group
PDF (3.73 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Australian Industry Greenhouse Network
PDF (247.05 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Australian Modern Building Alliance
PDF (183.10 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Australian Pipelines and Gas Association
PDF (2.11 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Australian Pork
PDF (4.74 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Australian Services Union
PDF (627.18 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Australian Sustainable Hardwoods
MS Word (13.76 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Australian Water Heating Forum
MS Word (156.11 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Australian Wind Alliance
PDF (239.07 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Bioenergy Australia
PDF (5.88 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Brotherhood of St Laurence
PDF (5.99 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Carbon Market Institute
PDF (3.24 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Centre for Climate Safety
MS Word (21.58 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Chemistry Australia
PDF (2.35 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - City of Ballarat
PDF (1.83 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - City of Melbourne
PDF (182.72 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Clean Energy Council
PDF (2.02 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Climate Action Moreland
PDF (163.56 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Climate and Health Alliance
PDF (6.17 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Climate Council
PDF (5.00 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - CO2CRC
PDF (3.95 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Darebin City Council
MS Word (37.54 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Darebin Climate Action Now
PDF (150.86 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Doctors for the Environment
MS Word (92.61 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Ecocern submission
MS Word (14.94 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - EDL Energy
PDF (108.72 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Energy Australia
PDF (7.43 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Energy Efficiency Council
PDF (2.99 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Energy Networks Australia
PDF (6.25 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Environment Victoria
PDF (9.95 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Environmental Justice Australia
PDF (3.42 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - ESCO Pacific
PDF (378.56 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Extinction Rebellion
PDF (109.34 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Frasers Property Australia
PDF (229.80 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Friends of the Earth
PDF (1.01 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association of Australia
PDF (1.97 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Gas Energy Australia
MS Word (18.29 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Generation Shared
MS Word (18.17 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Global CCS Institute
PDF (1.17 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Green Building Council of Australia
PDF (2.99 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Green Music Australia
PDF (95.79 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Greening Australia
MS Word (15.76 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Groundswell Bass Coast
PDF (1.82 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Healesville Environment Watch
MS Word (13.80 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Hospo Voice
PDF (1.26 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Housing Industry Association
PDF (1.91 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Hydro Tasmania
PDF (1.88 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Inner North Melbourne Parents for Climate Action
PDF (63.47 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Inner West MP Engagement Group
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Submission - climate change targets and actions - Innogy
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Submission - climate change targets and actions - Labor Environment Action Network
PDF (8.93 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Lighter Footprints
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Submission - climate change targets and actions - Macedon Ranges Shire Council
PDF (465.75 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Maritime Union of Australia
PDF (11.25 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Meridian Energy Australia - Powershop
PDF (885.61 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Minerals Council of Australia
MS Word (63.90 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Mitchell Environment Group
PDF (255.20 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Morris Group
MS Word (15.27 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Nagambie Resources Limited
PDF (5.84 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Pacific Hydro submission
PDF (417.09 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Port Phillip EcoCentre
PDF (133.43 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Public Health Association of Australia
PDF (363.84 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - RACV
PDF (1.86 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Regernative Australian Farmers
PDF (1.76 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Renew
PDF (4.02 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Rheem
PDF (872.29 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Rinnai
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Submission - climate change targets and actions - Russel Northe MLA Member for Morwell
PDF (1.56 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Sustainable Engineering Society
MS Word (67.60 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Tesla
PDF (154.16 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Uniting Church in Australia
MS Word (14.32 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - UPC Renewables
PDF (720.09 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Vegan Australia
PDF (96.70 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Victorian Association of Forest Industries
PDF (492.91 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Victorian Council of Social Services
PDF (452.72 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Victorian Farmers Federation
PDF (314.25 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Victorian Greenhouse Alliances
PDF (481.61 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Victorian Trades Hall Council
PDF (396.33 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Viva Energy
PDF (1.04 MB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Voices of the Valley
MS Word (15.11 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Volunteering Victoria
PDF (326.84 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - Western Health
MS Word (15.92 KB)
Submission - climate change targets and actions - World Bioenergy Association - Farm forest Growers Victoria - Victorian Bioenergy Network
MS Word (16.75 KB)

Survey

Survey

The questions below show the issues the Victorian Government sought stakeholder feedback on.

The Independent Expert Panel's recommended targets

The Independent Expert Panel recommends Victoria set greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets of:

  • 32-39% below 2005 levels in 2025 and
  • 45-60% below 2005 levels in 2030.

1: Do you support these targets recommended by the Panel?

1a:

As required by the Climate Change Act 2017, the Independent Expert Panel considered a broad range of issues in reaching its recommended targets including:

  • Scientific evidence on the significant risks that climate change poses to Victoria;
  • The actions that Victoria and others (including the Commonwealth government) are already taking to reduce emissions – including the commitment of the international community, through the Paris Agreement, to limit warming to well below 2°C and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change;
  • The implications of Victoria contributing its fair share to limiting global temperature increases in accordance with the Paris goal (emission budgets for Victoria);
  • The availability of significant emissions reduction opportunities across the Victorian
  • economy; and
  • The potential economic, social and environmental benefits and costs of Victoria’s transition to a net zero emissions economy.

Victoria has choices about the emissions reduction pathway, or trajectory, to follow to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Different trajectories imply different costs and benefits over time. The Panel’s advice includes indicative trajectories to 2050 associated with its recommended targets (see figure above and Chapter 5 of the Panel’s report).

3: Do you agree with the Panel’s indicative trajectories to 2050?

3a:

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Victoria

The Independent Expert Panel’s report also identifies opportunities to reduce Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions (see Chapter 6 of the Panel’s report).

Your response can be for the whole Victorian economy and/or for individual sectors.

Benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Victoria

Barriers to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Victoria

(See Chapter 6 of the Panel’s report)

Impacts of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Victoria

The impact of greenhouse gas emissions reduction policies will vary across sectors and communities in Victoria.

Other Comments

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The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.