Overview

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, appointed an Independent Expert Panel (Panel) comprising the Hon Greg Combet AM (Chair), Dr Penny Whetton and Dr Lorraine Stephenson to provide advice on the first two sets of interim targets for 2025 and 2030. Further details of the Panel, including their terms of reference, can be found at https://www.climatechange.vic.gov.au/reducing-emis…

The Panel's report was tabled in Parliament on 6 June 2019.

The Minister and the Premier must set interim targets for 2025 and 2030 by 31 March 2020. The Panel's report will inform this decision. The Government is now seeking input from Victorians to inform its decision on targets, and to identify priority actions to reduce emissions. You can participate at https://engage.vic.gov.au/climate-change-reducing-....

Final Report of the Independent Expert Panel

The Panel's final report, and the work commissioned to support the report, are below.

Infographic outlining the findings of the Panel's report

Public consultation by the Independent Expert Panel

The Panel received a total of 417 submissions to its issues paper, from 48 organisations and 371 individuals. A summary of the key messages emerging from these submissions is below.
Independent Expert Panel: Interim Emissions Reduction Targets for Victoria (2021-2030) Summary of submissions
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