Each year, our state releases more than 120 million tonnes of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.
With a population of 5.7 million people, that amounts to annual emissions of 21 tonnes per person! It makes us one of the most polluting states in one of the most polluting countries in the world.
Over 80 percent of Victoria’s electricity currently comes from burning brown coal, which is one of the most polluting ways of generating electricity. A recent analysis in Nature Climate Change found Australia has the second most polluting electricity sector in the world, behind only India.
But things can change. The good news is, our state government is already taking positive steps to cut our climate pollution.
Victoria can become a leader on climate. But making the changes we need will mean committing to strong action to phase out polluting coal and shift to renewable energy.
Get all the details in our report, Six Steps to Climate Leadership.
There are a few steps we can take which will make a big difference. Almost half Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions come from four large brown coal power stations in the Latrobe Valley. So transitioning away from burning brown coal would cut our greenhouse pollution in half!
We’re ready. Australia has some of the best renewable energy resources in the world. A lack of support from the previous state government and the federal government took us backwards. And our existing coal burning power stations have been blocking new investment in renewable energy.
But things are starting to change. Australia’s most polluting coal power station – Hazelwood – is slated to close in March 2017, opening the door for clean energy investment.
Want to know more about the causes and impacts of climate change in Australia? Check out this website from the Australian Government, Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO.
We all need to work together to cut pollution and stop further damage to our climate. Will you join us?