It’s an election year in Victoria, but the Opposition’s current policies would devastate our local clean energy industry and reverse efforts to cut climate pollution (more info below).
So we asked for your creative responses to the phrase: “The community supports clean energy. Why won’t the Victorian Liberal Party?” — Now we’ve chosen the winning ideas and it’s up to YOU to choose your favourite.
In April the winner will go on a billboard in the electorate of Shadow Minister for Renewable Energy David Southwick.
Click on the image of your favourite billboard to register your vote.
Thanks and congratulations to the 4 finalists:
- Option 1: Concept by Janette Connard, Black Rock
- Option 2: Concept by Greg, Geelong West
- Option 3: Concept by Ric Benjamin, Caulfield North
- Option 4: Concept by Paul Korczak-krzeczowski, Kew
All artwork mock ups by DesignGood studios.
After the billboard is removed we will upcycle the billboard fabric into a one-of-a-kind shoulderbag by local designer and maker Matt Thomson. You can find out more about what he does at mattt.com.au/sustainability.
As an independent charity, we believe the public deserves to know where their elected representatives stand on clean energy.
Right now, key clean energy and climate change policies do not have bipartisan support in Victoria.
Perhaps the best example is the Victorian Renewable Energy Target, which aims to power Victoria with 40% clean energy by 2025.
Modelling by Ernst & Young found the VRET will cut Victoria’s climate pollution, create more than 9000 jobs and lower power bills.
Research commissioned by Sustainability Victoria shows 84 percent of Victorians support the VRET, and yet the Victorian Coalition voted against it in Parliament. They have also pledged to repeal it if elected, sabotaging our local clean energy industry.
The Victorian Coalition’s recent public position on climate change and clean energy also includes:
- Spreading misinformation about Hazelwood power station’s closure
- Promising to re-open Hazelwood (something that is both irresponsible and impossible)
- Opposing new laws to reduce climate emissions
- Voting against an increase to the solar feed-in tariff, which gives solar owners a fairer price for the electricity their panels produce
- Trying to build a new coal power station in the Latrobe Valley
- Mining gas fields on prime farming land (to drill for gas that doesn’t exist in commercial quantities).
Where do they stand?
Major political parties track record on climate change and clean energy November 2014 to January 2018
- Passed the Victorian Climate Change Act in early 2017, with a target of reducing the state’s greenhouse pollution by 15-20% by 2020 and to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
- Legislated a new Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) of 40% renewables by 2025 (up from 12% in 2016). This could see as much as 5150 MW of new renewable energy being built in the next term of government, creating 9000 jobs, lowering energy bills for households and businesses and cutting climate pollution.
- Feed-in tariffs for rooftop solar were increased for the first time in five years, and the rooftop solar market is booming.
- Banned fracking and unconventional gas extraction and imposed a moratorium on new onshore gas projects.
- Strengthened the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), potentially raising the bar for other environment regulators around the country.
- Used voice in Council of Australian Government (COAG) processes to urge stronger national leadership on climate change and energy.
- Increased the state’s energy efficiency target.
- Voted against the Climate Change Act and has promised to repeal key elements if elected.
- Called for intervention to keep Hazelwood open.
- Voted against VRET and has promised to repeal it, which would destroy the state’s renewable energy industry.
- Voted against increases to solar feed-in-tariffs.
- Wants to accelerate onshore gas extraction.
- When last in government tried to scrap Victoria’s energy efficiency target and hasn’t announced a change in approach.