Government’s emission reduction targets mean two or more degrees of catastrophic global warming
Victoria’s Labor government’s emission reduction targets mean two degrees or more of catastrophic global warming.
The government must go further and faster.
Scientists have said that in order for Victoria to do its fair share in keeping the world below a 1.5 degree temperature rise, we need to set ambitious targets to cut emissions by 50% by 2025 and 80%. % by 2030.
Victorian Labor today announced targets well below this figure (28 – 33% by 2025 and 45 – 50% by 2030).
If all of the world’s jurisdictions did the same as Victoria, we would lock in more than 2-3 degrees of global warming, causing more catastrophic bushfires, extreme weather conditions, flooding, and the loss of countless Victorian lives and ecosystems. .
Today’s announcement from Victorian Labor also allows Victoria to burn coal for more than a decade, opens gas drilling across Victoria’s lands and oceans, and allows half of Victoria’s cars to still be gasoline and diesel cars ten years from now.
Victoria Greens deputy leader Ellen Sandell said the Victorians wanted the Labor government to do the right thing and prevent more extreme weather, bushfires and drought, but unfortunately they didn’t not taken the bold steps they needed.
She added that with Victoria still getting 70% of its power from three unreliable old coal-fired power stations, the government urgently needed to increase the stakes on Victoria’s transition away from coal.
ACT already uses 100% renewable energy and the NSW government is set to build three times as many renewables as Victoria.
As Victoria Greens deputy leader MP Ellen Sandell said:
“These targets set by the Labor Party are very low and unfortunately do not represent Victoria’s fair share in taking concrete action against global warming.
“We have been pleased with some of the progress Victoria has made over the past few years, but sadly these goals and policies announced by Labor today are locking us into more catastrophic fires and extreme weather conditions. Scientists tell us that we need to go much further and faster than these goals set by the Labor government.
“The Labor plan still includes burning coal for the next ten years, imposing a tax on electric cars and opening up huge swathes of Victoria’s land and oceans for gas drilling. These labor policies are quite simply incompatible with the management of climate change.
“We need the Labor Party to be much bolder on climate change, this is not just what the Greens are saying, but it is what scientists and experts are saying.
“Many Victorians are very concerned about climate change. Setting targets this low shows that Labor is not very concerned about climate change, and it worries me a lot.