The Andrews Labor Governments ClimateChange Strategy will reduce emissions, future-proof our states economy and create secure jobs and investment for all Victorians. The plan provides a blueprint that setsout a clear path to a net-zero emissions future whilst creating jobs for the future.
Underpinning the plan are ambitious, but achievable emissions reduction targets of 28-33% by 2025 and 45-50% by 2030 on the way to net-zero emissions by 2050. This puts Victoria at the forefront of climate change action nationally and internationally.
Theplanfollowsthe Labor Governmentscommitmentto move our state to a clean energy economy powered by40%renewable electricityby 2025 and50% renewable electricity by 2030.
This strategy will ensure energy is more affordable for Victorian households and businesses through cheaper renewable energy, helping to drive down power bills.
This investment in new renewable energy capacity in Victoria will also power Victorian Government operations thats our hospitals, schools, trains and police stations with 100% renewable electricity by 2025.
It builds onVictorias record$1.6 billioninvestmentto fast-track the next generation of renewable energy projects and innovationannouncedinthe Victorian Budget 2020/21, with strong emissions reduction policies and programs across sectors and industries to achieve this goal.
In transport, the Government has set a target for zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs) to make up 50% of all new light vehicle sales by 2030, with grants of up to $3,000 to help Victorians buy ZEVs.
In agriculture, the Government will invest almost $20 million in cutting-edge research and development to help farmers reduce emissions on the land, including $3.9 million on two trials of methane-inhibiting stock feed. A further $15.3 million for the Victorian Carbon Farming Program will also help farmers plant trees, working towards our target of up to 30 million new trees.
The Climate Change Strategy details how the Government is partnering with businesses and communities toact on climate change and protect jobs. It will work to cutemissions, shiftto affordable and renewable energysources, protect and enhance our environment,boost investment and create sustainable jobs.
Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit District Sarah Connolly
This is a plan for a sustainable economy that protects the environment while combating climate change and supporting the jobs of the future its a plan for all Victorians.
Quote attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy
This is a concrete and meaningful plan to tackle the effects of climate change and will support local industries to create the jobs people need.
Quote attributable to Member for Werribee District Tim Pallas
The science is clear: climate change is happening. But we can choose how we respond. By listening to the experts and acting now, we can start investing in long-term, secure jobs.
CLIMATE STRATEGY KEY TO STRONG, SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
12 May 2021