To mark the day, the United Nations has released 25 clean air recommended measures for the Asia Pacific. The good news for Victoria is that the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is already delivering on several of these.
Generate more renewable energy
We are well on our way to achieving its first Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) of 25% renewable energy generation by 2020. The aim is to achieve 40% by 2025 and 50% by 2030.
A competitive auction scheme is helping to achieve these targets. Initially expected to generate up to 650 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy, it will in fact deliver up to 928 MW capacity - enough to power almost 650,000 households!
Rebates for solar power at home
Our 10 year, $1.3 billion Solar Homes program is supporting 700,000 Victorian households, including 50,000 rental properties, to install solar energy systems. It also supports solar hot water to another 60,000 homes and batteries to 10,000. The program offers rebates and no-interest loans.
The 2018-19 solar PV program is fully subscribed. Applications reopen 1 July 2019.
Manage household waste better
Every year, Victorian households throw out enough food to fill Melbourne’s Eureka Tower, costing each an average $2,000 or more a year. When food rots in landfill, it releases harmful greenhouse gases.
However, more than half of household food waste is avoidable. We have agreed to a national target to halve food waste by 2030 and is delivering the Love Food Hate Waste program to help Victorians tackle food waste—by planning meals and using leftovers.
We have committed over $100 million in the last four years in the waste and resource recovery sector and has committed another $35 million this year to create a resilient and effective recycling industry. DELWP is developing a circular economy policy and action plan by 2020 which will consider how governments, businesses and households can all avoid waste, use materials and resources better to harness their economic value and minimise environmental impacts, and increase reuse and recycling. DELWP will seek community input on the proposals later this year.
Encourage energy efficiency at home and in businesses
We are supporting households and businesses to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the following programs:
- Victorian Energy Upgrades offers discounted energy efficient products through accredited providers. It helps about 53,000 households and 20,000 businesses annually. On average, participating households save $200 annually and businesses save $4,500 a year. The program has cut Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions by more than 55 million tonnes since 2009.
- With the Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard, householders can get an energy efficiency snapshot of their homes through an independent accredited assessor.
- The Victorian Energy Saver website provides households and businesses with energy saving tips.
Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic), which involves staff from DELWP, Parks Victoria, VicForests and Melbourne Water, alongside the Country Fire Authority (CFA), work with Victorian communities to reduce the frequency and intensity of bushfires.
Activities like planned burns, mowing, slashing, creating and maintaining fuel breaks, all contribute to forest fire management by reducing fuel loads.
Mainstream electric vehicles
Electric vehicle sales in Australia are quite low – 2,284 of the 1.1 million vehicles sold in 2017 were electric.
We have invested more than $3 million for seven ultra-rapid charging stations across the state, to support more Victorians using electric cars. Two stations, at Euroa and Barnawartha North, near Wodonga, are up and running with the remaining stations being progressively opened this year. The stations can provide enough charge for 400-kms of driving in just 15 minutes.
Page last updated: 05/06/19