All Victorians are invited to have their say about the future of gas infrastructure as we transform to a zero emissions economy by 2050. This interim report presents evidence and analysis that will underpin Infrastructure Victoria’s final advice and outlines the key early findings. Feedback on the evidence and analysis presented in this report is invited before we provide our final advice to government on the best pathways for gas infrastructure to 2050.

Infrastructure Victoria has been asked to provide the Victorian Government with advice relating to Victoria’s gas transmission and distribution networks under a range of 2050 energy sector scenarios.

Under the Victorian Climate Change Act 2017, the Victorian Government has committed to a whole-of-economy, net zero emissions target by 2050.

The advice will assess the relative economic, social and environmental impacts of each scenario and identify infrastructure decisions that need to be made, and when, to ensure opportunities for existing gas infrastructure can be optimised. This will include exploring the extent to which gas infrastructure can be used for hydrogen, carbon capture and storage and/or biomethane.

The advice will inform the Victorian Government’s Gas Substitution Roadmap and complement current work by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on energy sector and industry transition issues.

Written submissions are also being sought by DELWP on the gas substitution roadmap. As Infrastructure Victoria’s advice will inform the development of the roadmap, you are encouraged to make submissions to both projects so that the evidence and information you provide can be considered in a timely way.

How to participate

All Victorians are invited to have their say about the future of gas infrastructure as we transform to a zero emissions economy by 2050.

This interim report Towards 2050: Gas infrastructure in a zero emissions economy presents evidence and analysis we have gathered on gas infrastructure and outlines the key early findings. Additional technical reports underpinning this evidence base are available on the Infrastructure Victoria website.

There are two options for providing a submission. The first option involves uploading your submission using the steps below. The second option involves responding to the feedback prompts in the submission template. You may also choose to do both.

Infrastructure Victoria will publish submissions received to inform the final advice, and is seeking permission from submission authors to make submissions public. Those providing permission to publish will have their submissions published on the Infrastructure Victoria website at the conclusion of the engagement period. No personal information other than an individual’s name or the organisation making a submission will be made public.

Opportunities to provide a submission close 5pm, Monday 16 August 2021.

Infrastructure Victoria recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information. We are therefore committed to ensuring information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs. Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as Microsoft Word or equivalent.

Next steps

Infrastructure Victoria is now seeking feedback on the evidence set out in this report and potential actions identified.

We welcome feedback from the community, industry and other stakeholders on all aspects of the interim report.

We will provide our final advice to government on the best pathways for gas infrastructure to 2050 by December 31, 2021.

Submission upload

Submissions template

Your submission can relate to all or just part of the interim report. Please upload your submission on Engage Victoria. We will accept submissions until 5pm Monday 16 August 2021.

Late submissions cannot be accepted. If you have any further queries you can email enquiries@infrastructurevictoria.com.au.

Collection notice

Infrastructure Victoria (IV) is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws.

IV will use the information collected to inform Towards 2050: gas infrastructure in a zero emissions economy – final report.

Your contact details, where provided, may also be used by IV to update you on the results of the engagement process.

If you do not wish to provide your personal information, then we will not be able to identify your submission if you wish to access it, make a correction or require technical support.

You may contact us to request access to your personal information, or for other concerns regarding the privacy of your personal information at enquiries@infrastructurevictoria.com.au.