The Victorian State Government has announced the tabling of independent, expert advice on achieving its target of net zero emissions by 2050.
Coinciding with the appointment of the expert panel, the government has also opened a new round of community and industry consultation.
The consultation process follows the tabling in Parliament of the Independent Expert Panel’s report on Interim Emissions Reduction Targets for Victoria (2021-2030), with the Government required to set the interim targets by March 2020.
The Independent Expert Panel, chaired by former Federal Environment Minister Greg Combet, undertook ‘extensive community engagement’ and considered the latest evidence to inform their recommended target range, and to identify opportunities to further reduce the state’s emissions.
“Reducing emissions and tackling climate change will create jobs and grow our economy – we want Victoria to be first in line to benefit from the opportunities a low carbon economy will deliver,” State Minister for Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said.
“The Government looks forward to working closely with industry and the wider community to deliver on our targets, create jobs and take real action on climate change.”