It was headlined by commitments to cut Victoria’s greenhouse pollution by 20 percent by 2020, to replace one quarter of Hazelwood power station by 2014 and to bring existing homes across the state up from an average of 2-stars to 5-star energy efficiency – a policy that could go a long way to meeting our campaign goal of retrofitting One Million Homes across Victoria.
It also formalized policies to attract large scale solar power to Victoria and double the State’s energy efficiency target.
The White Paper puts Victoria at the forefront of climate action in Australia, and is in stark contrast to the weak targets and lack of policy from both the Federal ALP and Coalition. While the science tells us we need to go further, this action is building a bridge from where we currently are to where we need to be on climate action.
Environment Victoria has welcomed the announcements in the White Paper, and is calling on the Victorian Government to commit to replace all of Hazelwood power station before the state election.
In addition, following Monday’s climate announcements, it seems our campaign to Replace Hazelwood, Australia’s dirtiest power station is grabbing all the headlines.
Across the major newspapers, radio and television coverage and national debate, replacing Hazelwood has been the topic of conversation by commentators across the country.