The need for emergency action

In February 2016, ten Victorian community climate action groups sent an eight-page document to the Victorian Government outlining the actions the state government should take to drive emissions reductions, and describing the magnitude of the emissions reductions required. Recommendations:
• Set a target of zero emissions in ten years
• Inform policy makers and the public about the need for emergency action
• Immediate action to begin reducing emissions to zero and beyond
• Have courage

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Coal phase-out, not just carbon pricing, crucial for climate credibility

To be serious about its recent Paris climate commitments Australia needs a targeted strategy to replace traditional coal fired power with clean energy by 2035 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050, said The Climate Institute as it released its submission to the Climate Change Authority’s review of Australia’s policy framework.

» 8 March 2016: The Climate Institute’s submission to the Climate Change Authority (PDF, 5 pages)

Roadmap for renewable energy in Victoria

The Victorian Government wants to “rebuild Victoria’s reputation as the nation’s leader for renewable energy,” it says, and is preparing a Renewable Energy Roadmap which sets out the Government’s plan to attract Victoria’s share of renewable energy investment and jobs in Australia.
In spring 2015, the government organised a public consultation.

A submission was handed in by the Victorian Community Solar Alliance – 15 different Victorian renewable energy, climate and sustainability groups, outlining 18 desirable action points and initiatives to develop community solar in Victoria.
» Victorian Community Solar Alliance’s submission to the Victorian Government (PDF, 11 pages)

The submission from Geelong Sustainability had recommendations to the Victorian Government in terms of which targets it should adopt in its Renewable Energy Action Plan, and which aspects it should be conscious of – and amend – in the proposed Victorian Renewable Energy Roadmap. Recommendations:
• Propose more ambitious renewables targets
• Shift the target language
• Strive for bipartisan agreement for the Roadmap
• Seek simplicity of messaging for public buy-in
» Geelong Sustainability’s submission to the Victorian Government (Word doc, 5 pages)

See also the submissions from

» Beyond Zero Emissions
» Environment Victoria
» Bendigo Sustainability Group
» Environment East Gippsland
» Hepburn Wind
» Lighter Footprints
» Moorabool Environment Group
» Mount Alexander Sustainability Group
» Surf Coast Energy Group
» Voices of the Valley
» Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action
» Western Alliance for Greenhouse Action
» Yarra Climate Action Now
» Australian Wind Alliance
» Australian Forests and Climate Alliance
  … and many more

Inquiry into unconventional gas extraction

During a Victorian state inquiry into unconventional gas in 2015, more than 1,600 organisations and individuals put in submissions to the inquiry commission. For instance:

» Lock the Gate (PDF, 1.97 MB)
» Friends of the Earth (PDF, 0.3 MB)
» Environment Victoria (PDF, 0.5 MB)
» Doctors for Environment Australia (PDF, 0.5 MB)
» Frack Free Geelong (PDF, 4.27 MB)
» Geelong Sustainability Group (PDF, 0.8 MB)
» Surf Coast Air Action Inc (PDF, 0.3 MB)

» … See more submissions on