Australia is rapidly entering a new phase in its response to climate change with the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol and the introduction of an emissions trading scheme by 2010.
The Victorian Government is taking this opportunity to be part of the more proactive national emissions reduction effort in Australia by reviewing and updating its climate change policies and programs. In doing so, the government seeks to exemplify the way in which Victoria can continue to lead the national agenda on climate change by harnessing the opportunities that this economic and environmental shift will bring.
The Victorian Government takes seriously the challenge of climate change and its responsibility to lead Victorian efforts to reduce our greenhouse emissions by 60 per cent by 2050 compared to 2000 levels. The challenges are to:
...... drive significant greenhouse gas emission reductions;
...... build on Victoria’s skills and knowledge base to make our cities, towns and critical infrastructure more resilient to climate change;
...... support all Victorians prepare for the impacts of climate change and contribute to the solution;
...... support the take-up of new technologies and products to smooth Victoria’s transition to the low carbon economy and encourage the export of new skills and products to the world; and
...... ensure the costs of climate change are distributed equitably.