The Victorian Government is taking action now to drive the transition to a net zero emissions economy.

The actions that the Victorian Government is already taking mean that we are well on track to meet our target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15 to 20 per cent below 2005 levels by 2020. Victoria’s 2020 emissions are projected to be 18 per cent below 2005 levels. Further information is available at Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Victoria.

Victoria’s Climate Change Act 2017 requires development of five yearly sector pledges which describe the actions government will take to reduce Victoria’s emissions. The first pledges for the period to 2025 must be finalised by 1 August 2020.

The government is now seeking input from Victorians to inform its decision on targets, and to identify priority actions to reduce emissions to inform the first round of pledges.

Once the government determines interim targets for 2025 and 2030 (due by 31 March 2020), it must develop the first round of five yearly sector pledges which will describe the actions government will take to reduce Victoria's emissions to meet the 2025 target. The first pledges must be finalised by 1 August 2020.

The government has received a report from the Independent Expert Panel on Interim Emissions Reduction Targets chaired by the Hon Greg Combet AM. This report will inform both targets and pledges and is available on the Independent expert advice on interim targets webpage.

The government is now seeking input from Victorians to inform its decision on targets (2025 and 2030), and to identify priority actions to reduce emissions to inform development of pledges to 2025. 

The consultation is open from 6 June 2019 to 22 July 2019.

Please visit Engage Victoria to participate.

In June 2016, the Victorian Government launched TAKE2 Victoria's climate change pledge program. TAKE2 gives individuals, businesses, local governments, education institutions and community groups an opportunity to commit to taking actions to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius and share their progress.

TAKE2 – Acting now on climate change (PDF, 1.4 MB) provides an overview of the commitments made by the government and outlines the three categories of pledges under TAKE2:

  • Operational pledges: actions that the Victorian Government is taking to reduce emissions from its own operations (e.g. buildings, motor vehicles and procurement of goods and services) through steps such as improved energy efficiency and increased use of renewable energy.
  • Sector pledges: policies and programs that the Victorian Government is implementing to drive emissions reductions across key sectors of the economy, including energy, transport, agriculture, waste, and land use.
  • Voluntary pledges: Local governments, businesses, community organisations, educational organisations and individuals and families can pledge to specific emissions reduction actions.

The energy sector is Victoria’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Electricity generation alone accounts for almost half of the State’s total emissions.

Information on the contribution of different sectors to greenhouse gas emissions in Victoria is available in the Victorian Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report 2018.

Page last updated: 06/06/19