The Victorian Government has identified climate change as one of the biggest threats to the future of the State, with warmer and drier conditions projected to have negative consequences for health, infrastructure, agriculture, water, biodiversity, and alpine and coastal areas. The Victorian Climate Change Act 2017 (the Act) responds to this challenge by establishing a legislative framework to drive action to achieve a net zero emissions, climate-resilient Victorian community and economy by 2050.
The Act requires the Victorian Government to set five yearly interim greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, starting in 2021, to set the State on a pathway to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, has appointed an Independent Expert Panel (Panel) to provide advice on the first two sets of interim targets for 2021-25 and 2026-30. The Panel members are:
- The Hon Greg Combet AM (Chair);
- Dr Penny Whetton; and
- Dr Lorraine Stephenson.
The Panel is required to present its final report to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change by 22 February 2019. Further details of the Independent Expert Panel including their terms of reference can be found at https://www.climatechange.vic.gov.au/reducing-emis...
The Panel is seeking input from the community to inform its advice to the Minister. You are invited to read the Panel's issues paper and answer the questions below. This consultation closes on 1 May 2018.
Read the issues paper
Below is a series of questions the Panel is particularly interested in receiving stakeholder feedback on. Discussion relating to each question can be found in the issues paper.
You do not need to answer all questions, particularly if you consider individual questions are not relevant to you or your organisation.
The Panel also welcomes written submissions, which can be uploaded at the bottom of this page.