Message from the MAV President

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The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow presents a critical opportunity for world leaders to come together to commit to meaningful action on climate change.

The Municipal Association of Victoria welcomes the Australian Government’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. This commitment is the vital, first step. We wish Prime Minister Scott Morrison well at the conference.

Since May 2017, the MAV has formally recognised that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government. Climate change poses both significant risks and opportunities. Councils have long led the way in emissions reduction and climate change adaptation.

Following strong advocacy by the MAV, councils and others, the Victorian Government established a legislated target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 when it introduced the Climate Change Act 2017.

Local governments across Victoria have led the way on addressing climate change impacts, implementing a vast range of mitigation and adaptation measures.

By way of example, working with the greenhouse alliances, two-thirds of Victoria’s 79 municipalities are purchasing 100% green power to meet their electricity needs. This has been achieved through a historic power purchase agreement.

As a global issue, tackling climate change requires strong partnerships across all governments – both locally and internationally.

We look forward to seeing a united way forward post-Glasgow.

Cr David Clark
MAV President