Energy efficiency experts welcome Victorian climate change pledges 09 June 2016
The Energy Efficiency Council has welcomed today's announcement from Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, of Take2, the Victorian Government's climate change pledge program.
Part of the Government's new commitment to achieve net zero emissions in Victoria by 2050, the Take2 Pledge program will see all State Government departments commit to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. Businesses, community organisations and individuals will also be able to make voluntary pledges to reduce their emissions.
The Energy Efficiency Council joined other peak bodies, including the Australian Industry Group and the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as Founding Industry Partners for the program.
"Energy efficiency is at the heart of any serious commitment to action on climate change. Energy efficiency can deliver around half of Australia’s greenhouse gas targets to 2030, and simultaneously save money and boost productivity," said Luke Menzel, CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council.
“The Take2 Pledge program is an important first step in this effort. Clear commitments from Government departments to emissions reductions are very welcome, as it shows the Government is willing to walk the talk when it comes to action on climate change.”
Experts agree that Government departments will have to upgrade hospitals, schools and public buildings to meet their commitments. This will save the state over $2 billion, help Victoria retain its AAA credit rating, create jobs and deliver better services to the community. To achieve these outcomes the Victorian Government will need to restart the Greener Government Buildings Program that was introduced by the previous state Labor Government, but put on ice in 2014.
"The Energy Efficiency Council is proud to be a Founding Industry Partner for the Take2 Pledge program," Mr. Menzel said.
"We are looking forward to working with the Andrews Government to demonstrate what can be achieved with a dedicated, long term commitment to energy efficiency in Government, and across the Victorian economy."