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

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 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.


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?


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?


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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