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
Why do we need it and what are the opportunities? Learn about mine rehabilitation and read our report...
Right now, the Napthine Government is charging forward with plans to develop a major new brown coal export industry from Victoria.
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Brown coal is a huge contributor to our total greenhouse gas emissions.
17 Jul 2014: The Federal Government’s repeal of Australia’s carbon laws is poor policy, short-sighted and protects vested interests ahead of Australia’s national interest according to leading environment group Environment Victoria.
16 Jun 2014: Environment Victoria has today condemned the Napthine and Abbott Government’s reckless and short-sighted decision to develop a coal export industry in Victoria.
13 Jun 2014: As the third and final week of hearings comes to a close at the Hazelwood inquiry, Environment Victoria says a clear picture is emerging that coal is not the cheap source of fuel it claims to be.
12 Jun 2014: GDF Suez today admitted that he didn't know the status of fire preparedness precautions in un-rehabilitated areas of the Hazelwood mine, under cross-examination by Environment Victoria barristers.
22 May 2014: Environment Victoria has today criticised the Essential Services Commission’s decision to grant an electricity generating licence to the Anglesea Power Station.
21 May 2014: Environment Victoria has called for urgent action on the rehabilitation of coal operations across the state following serious concerns raised in an independent technical report.
450 new jobs and public safety increased if candidates commit to mine rehab, new report finds
23 Oct 2014: 450 long-lasting jobs could be created in the Latrobe Valley if mining companies accelerated mine rehabilitation works to prevent another Hazelwood-type disaster, a new report from Environment Victoria has found.
Victorian heatwave risks exacerbated by dismantling of climate, energy retrofit policies
15 Oct 2014: Environment Victoria today welcomed the Auditor General’s call for a statewide heatwave plan, but warned that effective responses needed to go beyond emergency management.