26 September 2023

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The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is calling for submissions on a 2035 interim emissions reduction target for Victoria, and ideas on how to reach that target.

Inviting the submissions, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio said people could also have their say on opportunities to cut emissions and pathways to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

“Strong action on climate change is crucial to the State’s future,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“Victoria was one of the first in the world to legislate a net-zero emissions target and is the only Australian jurisdiction to include a requirement to set interim targets every five years – ensuring we stay on track to reach net-zero emissions by 2050,” she said.

“We met the initial interim target of a 15 to 20 per cent reduction by 2020 two years early, eventually cutting emissions by 24.8 per cent between 2005 and 2019.”

Ms D’Ambrosio said the State was on track to meet the 2025 target of a 28 to 33 per cent reduction.

The Minister said DELWP had also designed an online survey specifically for young people, “as the section of the community who will bear the brunt of climate change and have been leading the call for action”.

She said the Department’s A Victorian emissions reduction target for 2035 Issues Paper may help inform people’s submissions which will be accepted until 22 May.

DELWP’s 15-page Issues Paper, as well as information on how to have a say, can be accessed at this PS News link.

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