Victoria's Climate Change Act 2017 establishes a long-term target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The Act also requires five yearly interim emissions reduction targets to be set to keep Victoria on track to meet this long-term target. The first two interim targets – for 2025 and 2030 – must be determined by 31 March 2020 and the decision must be tabled in Parliament within 10 sitting days.

The government must determine interim targets for 2025 and 2030 by 31 March 2020 and the decision must be tabled in Parliament within 10 sitting days. It must also develop five yearly sector pledges which describe the actions government will take to reduce Victoria’s emissions. The first pledges must be finalised by 1 August 2020.

During June and July 2019 the government invited input from Victorians following the release of Independent expert advice on interim targets to inform its decision on targets, and to identify priority actions to reduce emissions.

Please visit Engage Victoria to view the results of that consultation.

The Victorian Government is committed to continuing its engagement with the Victorian community on this important matter as it considers what Victoria’s emissions reduction targets and the actions to meet those targets should be. This page will be updated shortly with details of future engagement opportunities across Victoria.

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

The following table outlines the six interim target periods to 2050 and when each interim target must be set.

Interim TargetTarget PeriodTarget must be set (on or before)
First1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 202531 March 2020
Second1 Jan 2026 – 31 Dec 203031 March 2020
Third1 Jan 2031 – 31 Dec 203531 March 2023
Fourth1 Jan 2036 – 31 Dec 204031 March 2028
Fifth1 Jan 2041 – 31 Dec 204531 March 2033
Sixth 1 Jan 2046 – 31 Dec 205031 March 2038

To drive emissions reduction efforts prior to the legislated targets, the Victorian Government has also committed to reduce Victoria’s emissions by 15 to 20 per cent below 2005 levels by 2020, and reduce emissions from government operations by 30 per cent below 2015 levels by 2020.

These targets are guiding government decision-making to ensure Victoria’s economy continues to thrive as the global community steps up action on climate change.

Page last updated: 30/08/19