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Climate change mitigation

​Victoria’s Renewable Energy Roadmap

In late August 2015, the Victorian Government released its Renewable Energy Roadmap for community consultation. The MAV applauds the Government’s aspiration to establish itself as a leader in renewable energy development. We support a transition away from non-renewable energy sources and look forward to working with the State, business and the community to secure a clean energy future for Victoria.

In our response to the Roadmap we call on the State to set a more ambitious renewable energy target than the current target of at least 20 percent by 2020 and ask the State to consider a number of additional matters in order to help support further expansion of renewable energy in Victoria.

Read our Submission to the Victorian Renewable Energy Roadmap (Word - 313KB).

Victorian Energy Efficiency Target

The MAV and councils commend the Government’s decision to continue and strengthen the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) scheme. Victorian councils have a strong track record of supporting and implementing measures that improve energy efficiency within their own operations and within their local communities. It is imperative that the VEET recognises and builds upon the efforts of Victorian local government. As noted in our response to the State’s Setting Future Victorian Energy Efficiency Targets consultation paper (PDF - 475.87KB), we considers the VEET scheme to be an important State initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; offer low income and vulnerable households access to energy efficiency information, products  and services; and provide incentives for investment and innovation in energy-efficient technologies.

Read our Submission to the VEET consultation paper (Word - 306KB).

About the Emissions Reduction Fund

A members brief was prepared to explain the Federal Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) scheme. The brief outlines opportunities and risks surrounding local government participation in this scheme.

Read the Emissions Reduction Fund members brief from December 2014 (Word – 95KB).

Emissions Reduction Fund council survey results

In light of the proposed Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), a survey was conducted to determine whether there was scope for the MAV and/or ICLEI Oceania to play a role as an “aggregator” of abatement for Victorian councils. Responses indicated that councils have few projects that would be eligible and would generate sufficient greenhouse reductions for participation in the ERF to be financially viable. However, it is important to acknowledge that the survey was undertaken prior to the Carbon Farming Initiative Amendment Bill and there is still much about the ERF that is unclear.

Read the February 2015 Emissions Reduction Fund survey results report (Word – 1.57MB).

Councils reducing greenhouse gas emissions

The MAV has undertaken a number of initiatives to help councils reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

We ran a series of training sessions about carbon management to help councils understand their carbon emissions profile. Representatives from 51 councils attended the sessions.

Our Victorian local government guide to reducing carbon emissions (PDF - 1.69MB) provides an overview of carbon footprinting for councils and how they can get started on emissions reduction, measuring and reporting.

Watch videos

Find out more about what other councils are doing to reduce their carbon emissions by watching:

Victorian councils on preparing your carbon inventory

Victorian councils on local government leadership in carbon management

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Michaela Skett on switching emissions

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Indy Lingam on building emissions

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Hannah Duncan-Jones & Nicola Ward on transport emissions

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Ian Rossiter on lighting emissions

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