Politics September 9th 2010
Posted on 9 September 2010 by e-news
Victorian parliament passes climate change bill.
Both State Liberal and Labor politicians support the bill and commit to a 20% cut to emissions (on 2000 levels) by 2020. The main parts of this legislation are that:
1.Victoria will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 20 per cent below 2000 levels by 2020.
2. No new ”conventional” coal-fired power stations can be built
3. Greenhouse gases will be regulated and a ”trigger” will be created for large emitters.
4.The government will be required to take climate change into consideration in planning decisions in certain circumstances.
5. guide adaptation plans for the state, facilitate a massive roll-out of carbon sequestration (locking carbon into tree plantings)
6. require public reporting on the bill every two years, and a one-off review after five years
7. includes a substantial retrofit of housing stock to higher energy efficiency standards.
For an analysis of the legislation and what can be done to make sure it succeeds read Cam Walker’s opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Victorian Government establishes Office of Solar Energy
as the first point of contact for industry and educational agencies seeking information about government initiatives in solar power and would help ensure Victoria becomes part of the worldwide clean energy economy.
for more information go to the DPI website.
EPA Victoria is reviewing its compliance and enforcement framework and they want to hear from YOU!
EPA Victoria is transforming its regulatory approach to fulfil its legal and community mandate to protect, care for and improve Victoria’s environment. The review aims to position EPA to meet the community’s expectations for enforcing Victoria’s Environment Protection Act 1970. It aims to ensure credible deterrents and penalties are applied where breaches occur.
An EPA Discussion Paper outlining the current regulatory approach and opportunities for change can be downloaded here. Finally the EPA wants to hear specifically from grassroots community groups and environmental advocates from around the state. If you can help MASG make a submission ring Dean on 54706978 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Environment Victoria and Environmental Defenders Office invite you to have your say on the EPA’s Compliance and Enforcement Framework reform.
When: Tuesday, September 14
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Where: EPA Victoria, Level 3
200 Victoria Street, Carlton RSVP essential by Friday 10th September at email@example.com or 03 9341 8100
The best opportunity for renewables we may ever get…
Greens political advisor Tim Hollo believes that the new parliament may be the best news for renewable energy. He writes in Crikey that this parliament can and should deliver the most exciting, ambitious renewable energy policies Australia has ever seen. For the full article on Crikey click here.