ClimateWorks welcomes the passing of Victorian legislation for net zero emissions

ClimateWorks Australia today welcomed Victoria’s new Climate Change Act being passed in the state parliament and enshrining in law the Victorian Government’s target of net zero emissions by 2050. 

ClimateWorks Australia Acting CEO, Amandine Denis-Ryan said the new Climate Change Act was important for driving emissions reductions across the Victorian economy and achieving a net zero emissions future.

“By setting a net zero emissions target in law, the Government has indicated it is serious about undertaking strong and effective action on climate change,” she said.

“The legislation also allows for interim emissions reduction targets every five years to ensure it is staying on a pathway for net zero emissions by 2050, which is what is required to avoid the worst affects of climate change.

“Our research shows that a net zero emissions target by mid-century is achievable, while still growing the economy and using technologies that currently exist.”

ClimateWorks Australia has strongly supported the development of setting a net zero emissions reduction target in Victorian legislation. 

ClimateWorks Australia CEO, Anna Skarbek was a member of the Independent Review of Victoria’s Climate Change Act 2010, along with Martijn Wilder AM, head of Baker & McKenzie’s Global Environmental Markets and Climate Change practice, and Professor Rosemary Lyster from the Climate and Environmental Law, Sydney Law School, the University of Sydney.

The review made 33 recommendations on setting emissions reduction targets to align with the Paris Agreement of limiting global temperatures to well below 2 degrees Celsius and establishing processes for Victoria to embed climate change action across government operations and decisions.

Media Contact: Aileen Muldoon 0419 112 503

*ClimateWorks Australia is an independent not-for-profit organisation, founded by The Myer Foundation and Monash University. Its mission is to catalyse action to substantially reduce Australia’s greenhouse emissions, through research and collaboration to drive implementation.