Imagine a Victoria where the air we breathe is clean and fresh. Where the energy that fuels our lives comes from steady winds and warm sunshine. Transportation for everyone is fast, efficient, and clean. Highly efficient buildings keep emissions incredibly low. Where oxygen-producing vegetation is thick, abundant and sustainable. And our state sets the emissions standard for the rest of the country … and the rest of the world.
Now imagine yourself getting involved in one of the many ongoing campaigns and programs designed to reduce Victoria's greenhouse gas emissions and restore our climate by the year 2020.
Each year, our state releases more than 120 million tonnes of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, which makes Victoria one of the planet’s worst polluters per capita. Sweden has double the population, and half the greenhouse pollution of Victoria.
Nearly half of our total pollution comes from four coal-fired power stations which together emit 58 million tonnes per year.
Over 95 percent of Victoria's electricity currently comes from burning brown coal, which is one of the most polluting ways of generating electricity.
Victoria is Australia's car manufacturing hub. But we still don't have pollution limits for new cars as other states and countries around the world do.
Our solar water heating industry generates $78 million in sales annually and supports 700 jobs, yet only five percent of our households currently use solar water heating.
Victoria currently is home to Australia's only wind manufacturing with a factory in Portland which employs 430 people and supplies towers for wind farms around the country and the world.
But Victorian state laws obstructing windfarm developments prevent us from really taking advantage of this local green manufacturing hub.
Environment Victoria has commissioned research which shows that Victoria could more than halve its greenhouse pollution by 2020.
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Campaigns & Programs
Right now, the Napthine Government is charging forward with plans to develop a major new brown coal export industry from Victoria.
Fossil fuel subsidies are one of the biggest roadblocks on the road to a safer climate. If we want to stop climate change we've got to stop funding it. Right now.
The Victorian government has failed to deliver on its 2010 promise to raise the energy and water efficiency of our homes and safeguard Victorians from rising prices...
On 1 July Australia finally put a price on carbon. Congratulations to the millions of Victorians who’ve stood up for action on climate change...
A rolling report-card on the Baillieu Government’s environmental performance...
Brown coal is a huge contributor to our total greenhouse gas emissions.
A prosperous economy and a safe environment. Green jobs are just good business...
We're travelling towards a safer climate future with our smart transport campaign...
16 Apr 2014: The Voices of the Valley community group and Environment Victoria have joined forces to call for a State and Federal government grant for new coal projects to instead be used to support local clean-up efforts in the Latrobe Valley in response to the Hazelwood mine fire.
21 Mar 2014: Environment Victoria broadly welcomes the Terms of Reference for judicial inquiry into the Hazelwood Coal Mine Fire.
3 Mar 2014: An alliance of Australia’s leading environment and community organisations has today renewed its call for the Australian Government to cut fossil fuel subsidies.
17 Feb 2014: The week-old fire within the Hazelwood coal mine plaguing Morwell residents and firefighting crews is the latest in a series of failures at Latrobe Valley mines.
10 Dec 2013: Hundreds of Victorians rallied at Parliament House today calling for the Napthine Government to cancel plans for a brown coal allocation and coal export industry for the Latrobe Valley.
30 Oct 2013: Environment Victoria has welcomed today’s report by the Climate Change Authority which recommends that Australia needs to increase its greenhouse pollution reduction target if it is to match international efforts to reduce emissions and keep alive hopes of limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees celsius.
24 Oct 2013: A research report released today finds that none of the companies seeking to develop Victorian brown coal export projects have any existing commercial coal operations, and many have financial difficulties.
Environment Victoria has welcomed a decision today by the Rudd Government to reduce compensation payments to brown coal generators.
Environment Victoria has described news that the owners of Yallourn power station are seeking payment for closure as a desperate measure that is unlikely to succeed.
Victorian coal mine workers and the Latrobe Valley community should be deeply concerned by revelations that the government and coal mine operators knew about serious structural risks at the Yallourn coal mine weeks before its collapse in June last year.
Last year our Safe Climate Campaign Manager visited the US to learn from the world's most successful anti-coal campaigners. Now you can learn from her experiences too..
The EPA has granted a works approval for a new gas processing facility proposed by company ESSO at Longford in Gippsland, in a decision that has shocked environmentalists and local community members.
We're leading a national campaign of Australia's leading environment groups to end polluter handouts. Check it out
Our new report has revealed that brown coal generators are reaping billions in windfall profits from carbon price 'compensation'...
Our FoI challenge has revealed that climate change is already costing Victorians financially
Find out how good ol' people power stopped HRL's proposed coal fired power station in the Latrobe Valley…