Victoria is seeking to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases by half by 2030 and renewable energy will drive all government operations from schools to hospitals over the next four years.
On Sunday, the Government announced its long-term target of reducing emissions of carbon by 28 to 32% in 2025 and by 45 to 50% by 2030.
These goals align Victoria with states like South Australia, which recently declared its own 50% reduction in its 2030 target, and are more aggressive than the Morrison government’s commitment to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 percent by 2030, which remained unchanged following US President Joe Biden’s recent climate summit.
Lily D’Ambrosio, the Environment Minister, took a dig at the federal government, saying it couldn’t rely on states alone to cut emissions.
“The Commonwealth government cannot continue to abrogate its responsibilities on a global stage when it comes to climate change,” Ms D’Ambrosio said. “Nothing was more embarrassing than the display from the Prime Minister at Joe Biden’s climate summit.”
All operations of state governments, including hospitals, government offices and trains, will be powered by renewable energy by 2025.
Some 20 million dollars will be invested in reducing emissions in the agricultural sector, and about 15 million dollars will be invested in a “carbon farming” scheme, which stores carbon in shelter trees.
The State Government announced that Saturday will bring zero-emission cars to half the cars sold in Victoria until 2030. In addition, 20,000 new car owners in Victoria will receive government subsidies of $3000 in $100 million from the government to purchase zero-emission vehicles from under a new plan.
Environment Victoria’s Jono La Nauze said the new Victorian goals would put even more pressure on the Morrison government to raise its “pathetic” promises, but that they still fell well short of what was needed.
“Victoria has almost matched the recent US pledge of 50 to 52 per cent but the science is clear – we need to act much faster,” he said.
The Victorian emission goals for 2025 and 2030 were supposed to be released in 2020, but the pandemic forced a postponement. The state government of Victoria is required by law to set interim emissions reduction goals every five years as a step toward its main goal of net zero emissions by 2050.
A climate change policy as well as “sector commitments” are mandated by statute. These will detail how specific industries, such as transportation and agriculture, will minimize pollution in order to reach targets. The Andrews government commissioned an independent group, led by former federal climate change minister Greg Combet of Labor, to advise on what its 2025 and 2030 goals should be.The panel recommended a target of 2025, which was between 32% and 39% emissions reduction at the 2005 level, and a target of 45% to 60% at 2030.
It called on the government of Andrews to make profound emissions cuts in electricity, industry and agriculture sectors over the next decade.
This recommendation was made in anticipation of the devastating 2019-2020 summer fires.Recent research by leading Australian climate scientists has shown that Victoria needs to set targets for 75% emissions reductions by 2030 in order to meet the Paris targets.
With Mrs D’Ambrosio saying that state emissions were reduced by 25 per cent, Victoria achieved its 2020 targets. This was mainly due to the closure of the coal-fired power station in Hazelwood.
Many countries updated their 2030 targets at Mr Biden’s recent world leaders climate summit. The United States has announced a 50% to 52% target below 2005 levels; the European Union has announced the like, while the UK has committed 63% less than 2005.But the Australian target remained stable by 2030 at 26 percent to 28 percent and is substantially less than many comparable countries.
NSW aims to cut by 35% by 2030 while South Australia has committed to cutting by over 50% by 2030. by 2030.
Source: Brisbane Times