The Victorian Government has invited Victorians to weigh-in on the state’s interim emissions reduction target for 2035.
In addition to playing a role in setting Victoria’s targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions between 2031 and 2035 – the first target of its kind in Australia – the community will be able to also have their say on opportunities to cut emissions and pathways to net-zero emissions.
Additionally, the Victorian Government said an online survey has been designed 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.
The Victorian Government 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 to stay on track to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
The state met their 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. The state remains on track to meet the 2025 target of a 28 to 33 per cent reduction.
The Victorian Government said its plan to halve emissions by 2030 – nearly double the national target – cemented its position as a global climate leader, standing alongside other leaders like the United States and the European Union.
Further consultation and general surveys on the interim emissions reduction target are open online until 22 May 2022.