The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) leads Victoria’s response to climate change,working with business and the community to develop effective adaptation and mitigation strategies, under the new legislation, the Climate Change Act 2017 that commences on 1st November 2017. This world-leading legislation is aimed at driving action on climate change and has enshrined renewable energy targets in law, establishing a reverse auction mechanism to build 650 megawatts worth of new projects.
- Long-term emissions reduction target of net zero by 2050, interim target of 15 to 20% reduction from 2005 levels by 2020.
- Victorian renewable energy targets (VRET) of 25% renewable energy by 2020 and 40% by 2025 in June 2016. The VRET will rely on a reverse auction to encourage the construction of new wind and solar projects in Victoria.
- A Victorian Climate Change Strategy is required every five years.
- Adaptation Action Plans are to be prepared by nominated Ministers and Victoria’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2017-2020, outlining strategic priorities, measures and responses for adaptation in Vic under the Climate Change Act.
- A pledge model has been adopted: Victoria’s TAKE2, joined the Under2 MOU.
- Victoria’s Climate Change Framework – vision for Victoria in 2050 includes: A Renewable Energy Roadmap with 25% by 2020 40% renewable energy by 2025; and a $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund.
- Investing in and enhancing public transport – purchasing renewable energy for trams, developing an integrated system, supporting walking and cycling (Cycling Strategy), supporting innovation EVs.