How will we achieve net zero emissions by 2035?
Victoria has been leading the way with climate action in Australia but we must do more. As part of our contribution to limiting global warming, Victoria must legislate a 75% emissions reduction target for 2030 and a net zero emissions target for 2035 and then implement a comprehensive plan to achieve this.
These targets are very much achievable, it just requires significantly more political willpower to make it happen. Achieving net zero will involve more than just transitioning our energy sector to renewables. We need to electrify our public transport, homes and businesses, end native forest logging, accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles and phase out fossil fuels to maximise our emissions reduction.
A comprehensive plan to achieve net zero by 2035 must include
- An energy transformation plan to achieve 100% renewables by 2030
- A legislated 75% emissions reduction target (based on 2005 levels) by 2030
- A legislated 2035 net zero target
- A ban on new fossil fuel exploration
- Phasing out of coal by 2030
- A plan to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles
- Ending native forest logging in 2023, not 2030
- A target to reduce household gas use by 50% by 2030
- Incentives to encourage landlords, homeowners and businesses to replace gas appliances with electric and solar alternatives. Accelerating the transition away from gas and reducing the health impacts on children and adults.
- Phasing out the sale of gas appliances within the next 5 years
- Additional incentives for high-efficiency, smart appliances such as hot water systems and air conditioners
- A plan for measures to upgrade the 80% of Victoria’s 1.8 million homes that fall well below the 6 star energy efficiency rating