Developing a Climate Change Framework for action

THIS CONSULTATION IS NOW CLOSED.

The public submissions to the Victorian Climate Change Framework being developed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning are now closed. If you would like to make a submission please email climate.change@delwp.vic.gov.au 

Thank you to everyone that took the time to contribute, your feedback is now being reviewed and a summary will be provided here shortly.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is building a framework for climate change action in Victoria that will be released in 2016.

We want to hear from you about the challenges and opportunities for climate change action, your vision for a thriving and resilient future for Victoria, and how government can work with you to get us there.

The role of the Victorian Climate Change framework will be to outline:

  • a shared vision for a Climate Ready Victoria in 2030,
  • principles of state government focus and action,
  • the role for all Victorians to support the shared vision, and
  • key actions of government in mitigation and adaptation to support the vision.

Climate change and Victoria

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How can I get involved?

You can participate in the consultation in the following ways:

  1. Join a discussion forum and respond to a question. You may find that you can contribute to more than one question, or your topic of interest could apply to a number of forums.
  2. Tell us your vision for a thriving, resilient Victoria by adding an idea to our wall.
  3. Ask a question in our Q&A
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Themes for action

The themes of the discussion forums relate to the discussion papers located to the right.

The themes seek to consider how we prepareContinue reading

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How can I get involved?

You can participate in the consultation in the following ways:

  1. Join a discussion forum and respond to a question. You may find that you can contribute to more than one question, or your topic of interest could apply to a number of forums.
  2. Tell us your vision for a thriving, resilient Victoria by adding an idea to our wall.
  3. Ask a question in our Q&A

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Themes for action

The themes of the discussion forums relate to the discussion papers located to the right.

The themes seek to consider how we prepare for, and adapt to, the effects of climate change, and how we can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

They also consider the opportunities climate change action presents for Victorians: new jobs, cleaner industries, new skills, increased wellbeing, more vibrant and liveable cities and towns.

Your vision for Victoria

Job, growth, skills and innovation

Addressing vulnerability and building resilience

Victorian Government leading by example


Enabling action and ownership

Investing in science and capability

Climate ready infrastructure and planning

Driving emissions reduction



Discussion Forum

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  • Jobs__growth__skills_and_innovation

    Summary 

    Immediate action on climate change has the potential to create jobs and foster business opportunities.
     

    These opportunities exist in the emerging clean technology and renewable energy sectors and also in creating adaptation-focused solutions. However, while the transition to a low carbon economy is vital for our medium- and long-term prosperity, the change must be managed if Victoria is to minimise the impact on employment and productivity in the short term.

    Key considerations

    • Transforming the workforce to meet the changing skill requirements of new and existing industries.
    • Fostering... Continue reading

    Summary 

    Immediate action on climate change has the potential to create jobs and foster business opportunities.
     

    These opportunities exist in the emerging clean technology and renewable energy sectors and also in creating adaptation-focused solutions. However, while the transition to a low carbon economy is vital for our medium- and long-term prosperity, the change must be managed if Victoria is to minimise the impact on employment and productivity in the short term.

    Key considerations

    • Transforming the workforce to meet the changing skill requirements of new and existing industries.
    • Fostering the innovations that will make it possible to respond to climate change.
    • Establishing a policy environment that will encourage low emissions industries to invest in Victoria.

    What government can do

    The Victorian Government can invest in education to reskill the workforce, in research and development to encourage innovation, and establish policies that provide favourable conditions for investment.

    Example: 

    Transitioning to a clean energy sector will require innovation and training for new skills, and will create new jobs, reduce carbon emissions and grow the economy.


    What are the challenges or opportunities Victoria will face in driving climate change-related innovation, skills and jobs? 

    For example, we would be interested to hear:

    • What work or initiatives are you aware of in this space that could be scaled up, either geographically or across sectors?
    • If you have been trying to innovate or grow your business in the climate change space, what has helped or hindered you?  How has the Victorian government assisted, or how can it do so?

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  • Addressing_vulnerability_and_building_resilience

    Summary 

    Climate change poses a significant threat to our quality of life. In addition to the negative impact on our environment and our economy, climate change threatens to worsen population health and exacerbate and entrench social disadvantage. The response needs to build resilience to protect society’s most vulnerable and strengthen the social fabric of Victorian communities.

    Key considerations
    • Building community resilience to increases in chronic stresses (e.g. unemployment, drought) and acute shocks (e.g. bushfires, floods).
    • Supporting and protecting those most vulnerable in emergency events (e.g. children, older adults, people with ... Continue reading

    Summary 

    Climate change poses a significant threat to our quality of life. In addition to the negative impact on our environment and our economy, climate change threatens to worsen population health and exacerbate and entrench social disadvantage. The response needs to build resilience to protect society’s most vulnerable and strengthen the social fabric of Victorian communities.

    Key considerations

    • Building community resilience to increases in chronic stresses (e.g. unemployment, drought) and acute shocks (e.g. bushfires, floods).
    • Supporting and protecting those most vulnerable in emergency events (e.g. children, older adults, people with pre-existing medical conditions).
    • Ensuring workforce transition does not further exacerbate and entrench disadvantage. 
    • Protecting vulnerable ecosystems from the most serious effects of climate change (e.g. declining water availability, flood events, rising sea levels).

    What government can do
    The Victorian Government manages risks to public and natural assets, and delivers emergency response services to reduce the impact of disasters. This must proactively incorporate the future impacts of climate change. It also has a role in delivering equitable and sustainable public services that will contribute to community resilience.

    Example: Introduce integrated regional adaptation planning in vulnerable regions.

    What challenges or opportunities does addressing vulnerability and building resilience present Victoria? 

    For example, we would be interested to hear:

    • What work or initiatives are you aware of in this space that could be scaled up, either geographically or across sectors?
    • If you have been trying to work with vulnerable sectors, communities or landscapes to prepare them for climate change, what has helped or hindered you?  How has the Victorian government assisted, or how can it do so?
    • What do you think is required to build resilience to climate change in your sector, community or natural environment? 

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  • Victorian_government_leading_by_example

    Summary

    By taking definitive and effective action to address climate change, the Victorian Government can provide a positive example to the community and other levels of government and send a strong market signal to its extensive network of suppliers.  It can also decrease its impact and better prepare Victoria for climate change impacts through actively integrating climate change into its decision-making and activities.

    Key considerations
    • Using the Victorian Government’s purchasing decisions to directly influence the emissions of itself and its suppliers.
    • Protecting vulnerable government assets.
    • Providing core government functions in the... Continue reading

    Summary

    By taking definitive and effective action to address climate change, the Victorian Government can provide a positive example to the community and other levels of government and send a strong market signal to its extensive network of suppliers.  It can also decrease its impact and better prepare Victoria for climate change impacts through actively integrating climate change into its decision-making and activities.

    Key considerations

    • Using the Victorian Government’s purchasing decisions to directly influence the emissions of itself and its suppliers.
    • Protecting vulnerable government assets.
    • Providing core government functions in the face of extreme weather events and other climatic extremes.
    • Incorporating climate risk into a government-wide risk management strategy.
    • Harmonising state, territory and federal government responses to climate change.
    • Drawing on international best practice of governments, academics, businesses and communities.

    What government can do
    The Victorian Government can provide leadership on climate change by using its purchasing power to influence emissions and protect vulnerable assets. It can also look at how it manages risks and responds to climate change at an intra-government level, an inter-government level and on a global level. 

    Example: Conduct a ‘Climate Change Readiness Assessment’ of Victorian Government Assets, services and decision making.

    What challenges or opportunities presented by the Victorian Government actively incorporate climate change into its operations and decision-making frameworks? 

    For example, we would be interested to hear:

    • What are the most critical government decision-making processes or frameworks that should be targeted to help the government mainstream climate change across its operations?
    • Are there opportunities or approaches you are aware of that the Victorian government could pilot or improve upon? 

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  • Community

    Summary

    Victoria’s response to climate change is a shared responsibility across governments, businesses, communities and individuals, many of which are already acting on climate change. There is a role for state government in enabling Victorians to develop and implement their own responses to climate change. 

    Key considerations

    • Promoting an understanding of climate change and supporting citizens to take appropriate actions.
    • Recognising leaders in climate change action and supporting those less progressed.
    • Identifying legislative barriers to reducing emission and adapting to climate change.
    • Clarifying areas of responsibility for adapting to climate change between... Continue reading

    Summary

    Victoria’s response to climate change is a shared responsibility across governments, businesses, communities and individuals, many of which are already acting on climate change. There is a role for state government in enabling Victorians to develop and implement their own responses to climate change. 

    Key considerations

    • Promoting an understanding of climate change and supporting citizens to take appropriate actions.
    • Recognising leaders in climate change action and supporting those less progressed.
    • Identifying legislative barriers to reducing emission and adapting to climate change.
    • Clarifying areas of responsibility for adapting to climate change between tiers of government and the non-government sector.

    What government can do
    The Victorian Government can accelerate climate change action by highlighting and supporting leaders in the field, while fostering a greater public understanding of climate change. The government can also assist businesses, communities and citizens to take ownership of the response by reviewing legislative frameworks, defining ownership of risk and clarifying responsibilities for action.   

    Example: Identify leading action from Victoria’s community and private sectors and work to scale up action.

    What are the challenges and opportunities for enabling Victorians to act on climate change? 

    For example, we would be interested to hear:

    • From your sector or experience, what have been the most effective measures from government in driving action and ownership? What measures should government prioritise?
    • Are there any specific obstacles you or your business or community have encountered when trying to take action on climate change? 


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  • Investing_in_science_and_capability

    Summary

    In order to respond effectively to climate change, decision makers need access to clear and reliable information and the capabilities to incorporate that information into their day to day decisions.

    Key considerations

    • Generating the knowledge required to combat climate change.
    • Collaborating across disciplines to produce research that factors in all relevant data and how the research will be used.
    • Developing new tools and decision-making approaches capable of factoring in the various uncertainties presented by climate change.
    • Encouraging private investment in climate change research. 

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    Summary

    In order to respond effectively to climate change, decision makers need access to clear and reliable information and the capabilities to incorporate that information into their day to day decisions.

    Key considerations

    • Generating the knowledge required to combat climate change.
    • Collaborating across disciplines to produce research that factors in all relevant data and how the research will be used.
    • Developing new tools and decision-making approaches capable of factoring in the various uncertainties presented by climate change.
    • Encouraging private investment in climate change research. 

    What government can do

    The Victorian Government can continue to forge new partnerships and support the coordination of climate change research that specifically supports the needs of decision makers and as a means to progress community understanding and conversations about climate change.

    This includes encouraging private investment in industry and prioritising government funding.

    Example: Support climate change research innovation and partnerships through targeted funding.

    What are the challenges and opportunities for building Victoria’s research, science and capability in relation to climate change? 

    For example, we would be interested to hear:

    • What are the key knowledge or capability gaps on climate change in your sector or other sectors?
    • If you have been involved in research and capacity building across climate change-related areas, what has helped or hindered you? How has the Victorian government assisted, or how can it do so?

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  • Climate-ready_infrastructure_and_planning

    Summary

    Future infrastructure must be designed to withstand the effects of climate change over its lifespan and considerations need to be made on how to make existing infrastructure climate-ready. The regulation around urban planning, infrastructure design and building construction needs to continue evolving to ensure our built environment can withstand climate change impacts, and can support low-emissions lifestyles.

    Key considerations

    • Planning new infrastructure based on future climate change scenarios.
    • Integrating climate change considerations within relevant regulatory frameworks.
    • Ensuring Victoria’s existing built environment, infrastructure and housing stock are climate-ready.

    What... Continue reading

    Summary

    Future infrastructure must be designed to withstand the effects of climate change over its lifespan and considerations need to be made on how to make existing infrastructure climate-ready. The regulation around urban planning, infrastructure design and building construction needs to continue evolving to ensure our built environment can withstand climate change impacts, and can support low-emissions lifestyles.

    Key considerations

    • Planning new infrastructure based on future climate change scenarios.
    • Integrating climate change considerations within relevant regulatory frameworks.
    • Ensuring Victoria’s existing built environment, infrastructure and housing stock are climate-ready.

    What government can do
    The Victorian Government can help improve the resilience of infrastructure by setting the right conditions for innovative design, and continuing to explore ways to incorporate climate change into urban planning and construction. The government can also set an example through the management of its own assets and infrastructure. 

    Example: Assess the climate change resilience of existing infrastructure.

    What challenges and opportunities does climate-proofing Victoria’s infrastructure present? 

    For example, we would be interested to hear:

    • Are you aware of any work or initiatives designed to climate-proof Victorian infrastructure that could be expanded or used in a different setting? 
    • If you have been involved in trying to improve the capacity of infrastructure to withstand climate change impacts, what has helped or restricted you?  How has the Victorian Government assisted, or how can it do so?
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  • Driving_emissions_reduction

    Summary

    Victoria currently generates significant greenhouse gas emissions. Victorian needs to reduce these across a range of sectors if it is to play a leadership role in climate change and successfully transition to a low-carbon future. This will also allow Victoria to realise the economic, environmental and social benefits associated with a low emissions economy.

    Key considerations

    • Acting on major sources of greenhouse gas emissions, including fossil fuel power generation and transport.
    • Setting emissions reduction targets that are both achievable and effective.
    • Developing policies and programs to support emissions reduction targets.
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    Summary

    Victoria currently generates significant greenhouse gas emissions. Victorian needs to reduce these across a range of sectors if it is to play a leadership role in climate change and successfully transition to a low-carbon future. This will also allow Victoria to realise the economic, environmental and social benefits associated with a low emissions economy.

    Key considerations

    • Acting on major sources of greenhouse gas emissions, including fossil fuel power generation and transport.
    • Setting emissions reduction targets that are both achievable and effective.
    • Developing policies and programs to support emissions reduction targets.

    What government can do
    The Victorian Government can use a range of tools to limit emissions, including regulatory approaches, setting of reductions targets and engaging with industry and the community to implement programs and others actions necessary to meet these targets.

    Example: Use regulatory approaches and standards to limit emissions.

    What challenges or opportunities exist for driving emissions reductions across Victoria?

    For example, we would be interested to hear:

    • What are the specific opportunities and challenges for emission reductions within your sector
    • What actions should the State Government take to drive change?
    • What work or initiatives are you aware of in this space that could be expanded, either geographically or across sectors?
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