Climate Change Bill 2016
On 22 November 2016, the Victorian Government introduced the Climate Change Bill 2016 into Parliament to create a new Climate Change Act, as the latest step in reinstating Victoria as a leader in climate change action.
The Bill gives effect to the majority of the commitments set out in the Government's response to the 2015 Independent Review of the Climate
Change Act 2010. If passed, the Bill will provide 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 emissions by 2050.
The Bill repeals and re-enacts the Climate Change
Act 2010 to:
- embed a long-term emissions reduction target of net zero by 2050;
- require five yearly interim targets to keep Victoria on track to meet this long-term target;
- introduce a new set of policy objectives and an updated set of guiding principles to embed climate change in government decision making;
- require a Climate Change Strategy every five years to set out how Victoria will meet its targets and adapt to the impacts of climate change;
- require Adaptation Action Plans for key systems that are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change to ensure Victoria is prepared for these impacts;
- establish a pledging model to reduce emissions from government's own operations and from across the economy; and
- establish a system of periodic reporting to provide transparency, accountability and ensure the community remains informed.
The Bill sits alongside other key Victorian Government energy and climate change initiatives including Victoria's Climate Change Framework, Victoria's Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2017-2020 and the Renewable Energy Action Plan.
Read more about the 2015 Independent Review and Government's response here.
The Bill is available online here.
Victoria's Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2017-2020
The effects of climate change are already being experienced across Victoria, including higher average temperatures and reduced rainfall. Reducing our emissions will help lessen the impact of climate change, but it will not prevent it. Developing a robust approach to adaptation is critical to making
our communities resilient and securing the future of Victoria.
Victoria's Climate Change
Adaptation Plan 2017-2020 [PDF File - 5.1 MB] lays out the government's plan of action for the next four years, to help Victorians meet the challenges and act on the opportunities of climate change.
The Adaptation Plan will:
- build a detailed understanding of Victoria's exposure to climate change risks and impacts
- catalyse partnerships for integrated and effective responses to climate change
- tackle immediate priorities to reduce climate change risks
It will help us all play our part and work together to achieve our vision for Victoria of a thriving natural environment and a healthy, prosperous, safe and vibrant place to work and live for all Victorians, and for the thousands of visitors we welcome each year.
Victoria's Emissions Reduction Target - Net Zero by 2050
The Victorian Government has committed to legislating a long-term target for Victoria of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Setting a long term target was a key recommendation of the Independent
Review of the Climate Change Act 2010 and is a significant step towards restoring Victoria's status as a leader and model for other governments in tackling climate change.
This net zero target means that by 2050 Victoria's greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced as far as possible and any remaining emissions will be balanced through activities like planting trees or capturing more carbon in the ocean and coastal ecosystems. This target provides Victoria with the flexibility
and time for a just, orderly and low-cost transition.
A net zero 2050 emissions reduction target for Victoria helps to provide long term certainty for investment and guide the important transitions ahead for our economy, industries, cities and regions. Ensuring we are at the forefront of the global transition to a low carbon economy will help us seize
the economic opportunities that this presents.
Victoria has some of the best renewable energy resources in the world, including wind, solar and wave power. Along with a highly skilled workforce, we also have the innovation, research and development capabilities to become leaders in renewable technology in the Asia Pacific region. Victoria is well
positioned to draw on the employment and economic benefits that this will bring.
FAQs on Emissions Reduction Target
How will we get there? A staged approach
Making the transition to a low carbon economy is a big change that requires careful timing and management. To ensure this important and ambitious target is reached, we will set five yearly interim emissions reduction targets.
Interim targets will give us an opportunity to plot our pathway to net zero.
Our 2050 target and the accompanying five yearly interim targets are the first step in creating certainty for climate action in Victoria. They will drive government policy and programs across all portfolios, and provide direction for action by all Victorians to ensure we achieve our goals.
TAKE2 - Victoria's pledge program
Launched in June 2016, TAKE2 is Victoria's multi-sector pledging program to reduce emissions and help set us on the pathway to achieving our 2050 target. The TAKE2 pledge program was also a recommendation of the Independent
Review of the Climate Change Act 2010.
TAKE2 is showcasing the great work already being done across state and local government, business and community to reduce emissions, and will consolidate this as the springboard for Victoria's long term transition to a net zero emissions economy. Victorians are invited to visit the pledge website at Take2.vic.gov.au and join the thousands of Victorian businesses, community organisations and individuals committing actions to help Victoria reach net zero emissions by 2050.
Taking a strong leadership position, the Government has pledged to reduce emissions from the operations of government departments by 30 per cent from 2015 levels by 2020.
TAKE2: Acting Now on Climate Change [PDF File - 1.4 MB]
Government operational pledges
All Victorian Government departments have pledged actions to reduce emissions from their operations.
Data from 2014-2015 shows that Victorian government departments emitted 102,840 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from office-based energy and vehicle use, air travel and waste to landfill.
has committed to reducing these emissions by 30 per cent by 2020 from 2015
There is a lot we can do to improve our emissions output. We can ensure our offices, motor vehicle fleet and assets are as energy efficient as possible, and take advantage of the State's renewable energy capabilities and new technologies.
The Victorian Government will also make pledges to reduce emissions across a number of key sectors, these include energy, agriculture, transport and waste management.
These pledges will ensure that our short and long-term planning and policy decisions don't lock us in to energy intensive practices, but instead, move towards low-emissions industries and technologies.
In the energy sector, we have already released the Renewable
Energy Roadmap, Energy
Efficiency and Productivity Statement, and New Energy
Technology Strategy, and have provided funding to
two pioneering community solar projects.
In the transport sector, the
Transport Technologies Sector Strategy will drive Victoria's involvement in new automotive technology. We are also investing in Victoria's public transport future through Melbourne Metro, regional
rail, buses and network development, and are improving existing infrastructure through level crossing removal and duplicating tracks.
In the waste sector, we have already reduced our emissions by 44% since 2000, driven by policy around methane capture from landfills. We are looking for other ways to keep our emissions down through the Victorian
Organics Resource Recovery Strategy. To further grow jobs in new energy technology, Victoria will also construct a facility that produces energy from the food waste generated from the commercial and industrial sector.
Climate Change and Victoria website
A refreshed version of the Climate Change and Victoria website, developed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is now live.
The new Climate Change and Victoria website, www.climatechange.vic.gov.au, is a one-stop shop for information on climate change action happening across the State, science updates specific to Victorian regions and useful resources.