Report Launch, Portland: Vic govt can lock in jobs with ambitious climate targets & strong local content measures


Friends of the Earth has launched a new report on the job-creation potential of Victorian climate policies at Australia's largest wind turbine tower maker, Keppel Prince in Portland.  

The new report contains University of Melbourne modelling that shows the Victorian government could help create over 50,000 jobs by setting science-based Emissions Reduction Targets.

The report, which outlines a strategy to achieve an emissions cut of 75 percent over the next decade, comes as the Andrews government makes its final decision on state Emissions Reduction Targets for 2025 and '30.

"Premier Dan Andrews will soon make a decision on Victoria's Emissions Reduction Targets. This decision is not just about climate. It's about jobs," said Leigh Ewbank of Friends of the Earth. 

Keppel Prince Executive Director, Steve Garner, noted Friends of the Earth's long-standing support for Portland's wind workers at a press conference this morning: 

"The relationship between Friends of the Earth and Keppel Prince has always been about climate and jobs," said Garner, "and we look forward to that relationship strengthening even further into the future."

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Act on Climate update: Unfinished business on climate


We're back for 2021. And after so much time indoors last year, we're returning to the campaign trail with renewed energy.

This year is shaping up as a turning point for global efforts to tackle the climate crisis. The United States is back in the game and countries will be lifting their ambition at the COP26 meeting in Glasgow.
 
Here in Victoria, the Andrews government is starting the year with unfinished business on climate. It is yet to set or announce the long-awaited Emissions Reduction Targets for 2025 and '30—a decision that will determine the pace of Victoria's transition to a clean economy and ability to attract new industries and secure jobs.

It's fair to say we're fired up to secure Victoria's climate targets, so here’s a quick update on our efforts over the last month and upcoming actions...


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Vic Greens put climate on the Parliament's agenda in first sitting week


The Victorian Parliament is back for 2021a year that's shaping up as a turning point for global efforts to tackle the climate crisis.
United States President Joe Biden has injected momentum into the push for stronger action.

The newly sworn in President signed a slew of executive orders to recommit the United States to the Paris Agreement, cancel the Keystone KL pipeline (to transport crude oil from highly-polluting tar sands), and procure 645,000 electric vehicles, among other initiatives.   

The renewed commitment of the United States has raised hopes about what can be accomplished at the next international climate conference (COP26) in Glasgow this November. COP26 is the first meeting where countries are expected to lift the level of ambition for cutting emissions. 
 
Here in Victoria, the Andrews government is starting the year with unfinished business on climate. It is yet to set or announce the long-awaited Emissions Reduction Targets for 2025 and '30—a decision that will determine the pace of Victoria's transition to a clean economy and ability to attract new industries and secure jobs. 

On Wednesday 3 February, Greens member for Brunswick, Tim Read, put this and more the agenda in a 'grievance speech' about the state's response to the climate crisis:   

I grieve for our planet’s climate and the damage that will now inevitably result from global heating in years to come.


Our state can and must move much faster to try to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

In November 2019, a group of climate scientists published in the journal Nature, an alarming report of how close we are to several climate tipping points which will irreversibly accelerate global heating.

Arctic permafrost is beginning to thaw and release carbon dioxide and methane, which in turn will increase global temperatures. Climate change is accelerating climate change.

Some tipping points are probably already be feeding each other. Melting sea ice in the Arctic may be slowing a key Atlantic current, causing drought in the Amazon, turning one of the planet’s most important carbon sinks into a carbon source.

An author of that report, Prof Will Steffen from ANU, is on the Climate Targets Panel which last week announced Australia must cut emissions by at least 74 percent by 2030 and reach zero by 2035, just to stand a chance of limiting global heating to 1.5C. Even this is considered optimistic by other scientists who argue that past emissions will get us to 1.5C by 2030.

The Victorian government is almost a year overdue in announcing its own targets, and we now know how ambitious they must be.

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Momentum builds for ambitious climate targets after Andrews govt delivers a record cut in electricity emissions

Victoria’s latest greenhouse gas performance data has been released. And it shows that momentum is building for bold and ambitious Emissions Reduction Targets. 

In just one year, the Victorian Renewable Energy Target has delivered a record 17 percent emissions cut in the electricity sector. 

Our rapid analysis of the data shows that Victoria is now is on a trajectory to achieve a 37 percent emissions reduction by 2025 and 52 percent reduction by 2030.

This finding has implications for the Andrews government's imminent decision on the interim Emissions Reduction Targets. 

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Act on Climate update: Momentum builds for Vic climate leadership

When it comes to action on climate, November 2020 will be remembered as an EPIC month. The community and the state government is building momentum for Victorian climate leadership. And PM Scott Morrison is starting to crack under the pressure.   

Here’s a quick update on our efforts over the last month and upcoming actions...


100 LAPS ENDURANCE FEAT SENDS GOVT A POWERFUL MESSAGE ON CLIMATE:

On Thursday 26 November, Act on Climate cycled 100 laps of Parliament House to put the community's call for Victorian climate leadership on the Andrews govt's radar. And that's exactly what we achieved.

The 100km endurance feat helped us secure a meeting with a delegation of Labor government MPs. Thanks to Meng Heang Tak, Chris Brayne, Kat Theophanous, Gary Maas, and Katie Hall for meeting with the relay team and promising to deliver our key message to Premier Dan Andrews:

"When it comes to Emissions Reduction Targets, Victoria needs a climate champion, not a climate coward."

Thanks also to Ministers Jill Hennessy, Ben Carroll, Jaclyn Symes, and Cabinet Secretary Mary-Anne Thomas for saying g'day, and Greens member Tim Read MP for joining us for a lap. 

The endurance feat also raised over $6,000 to help keep Act on Climate on the campaign trail in 2021. A massive thank you to the relay team and all those who generously donated to the cause.

CLICK HERE to watch a video as we kicked off the relay.

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Victoria's Emissions Reduction Targets: What targets are needed & where are other jurisdictions headed?

The Andrews government will soon set the state's first Emissions Reduction Targets for 2025 and '30... And we have an opportunity to influence the final decision.

Friends of the Earth as called a Day of Action on Victoria's Climate Targets to ensure the Premier hears from the community in the lead up to his government's final decision. 

The Day of Action asks community members to post a 'selfie' on social media with the target they'd like Premier Dan Andrews to deliver for Victoria. 

To ensure we send an informed message to the government, here are some things to keep in mind...

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Act on Climate update: We flattened the COVID-19 curve, now for emissions!

It has been a marathon for Victoria but we did it. We bent the COVID-19 curve down to zero. And now it's time to bend the emissions curve in the same direction.   

Here’s a quick update on our efforts over the last month and upcoming actions...


BREAKING - DAY OF ACTION FOR VICTORIA'S CLIMATE TARGETS, SUN 29 NOV:

The Andrews government will soon set Emissions Reduction Targets for 2025 and '30. And we have an opportunity to influence the final decision.

Join us for a Day of Action for Victoria's Climate Targets on Sunday 29 November.

Victorian Minister for Climate Change Lily D'Ambrosio has stated publicly that the final decision will be made by the end of the year.

If that's the case then we have only weeks to influence the outcome. It's why we need your help to send a strong, positive message to the government about the targets we want to see for Victoria. 

We'll be in touch soon with specific details about the actions we'll take on the day. Rest assured, the action is COVID-19 safe, designed for mass participation, and to have impact. CLICK HERE to sign up and receive more info.

Please help us build momentum for the day by encouraging family, friends, neighbours, and colleagues to join you and by sharing the following Facebook and Twitter posts. 

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Act on Climate update: Stepping up in the national debate

It has been a marathon for Victoria as we work together to flatten the COVID-19 curve. Melbourne is still in lockdown, but that hasn't stopped our grassroots campaign for Climate Justice. 

Here’s a quick update on our efforts over the last month...

OPEN LETTER PUTS SCOMO IN THE HOT SEAT: 

As you know, we've been campaigning for science-based Emissions Reduction Targets for years. With the Andrews government deferring its decision until the end of the year, we decided it was time for Act on Climate to step up into the national climate debate...

We've launched an open letter calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to increase ambition on climate and jobs.

Governments are now making decisions that will have big implications for our ability to tackle the climate crisis. We welcome individuals, organisations, and businesses who support climate justice to show their solidarity.  

Now more than ever, the Morrison government needs to hear from the community about the need for climate leadership.

ADD YOUR VOICE to the open letter. 

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Andrews govt funding for community energy is welcome, but must be scaled up to match demand

Friends of the Earth welcomes $1 million worth of grants to support 13 community-energy projects across Victoria, but say the Andrews government must must scale up funding to match the demand. 

"Communities are way out in front of governments when it comes to tackling the climate crisis," said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth's climate justice spokesperson.

"The Andrews government's grants for community-energy projects acknowledge this leadership and will create jobs while cutting emissions."

Friends of the Earth say the Andrews government can build on the momentum and create thousands more jobs by establishing a dedicated $100 million Victorian Climate Change Action Fund.

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Vic Climate Targets set by "end of this year", says Minister 

Victorian Minister for Climate Change Lily D'Ambrosio has flagged the deadline for the state government to set long-awaited Emissions Reduction Targets.

Australian Energy Daily reports Minister D'Ambrosio told a CEDA webinar on Friday (11 Sept) that the Andrews government would set interim Emissions Reduction Targets for 2025 and '30 by the end of the year:

"Not only will we be setting those interim emissions targets by the end of this year, we will have a budget consideration that goes to the various pledges that we will be making in important sectors that include energy, include transport, industrial processes, agriculture and LULUCF [land use, land-use change, and forestry]," said Minister Lily D'Ambrosio.  

"I'm actually looking forward to announcing what our new targets will be for further reductions in emissions as we get closer to the end of this year."

The Minister's public comments are the first to detail a timeline for setting targets since the government announced it had deferred a decision due to the escalating pandemic. The targets were originally expected to be set by March 31 and announced in June.   
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