Victorian Green Paper submission by Lighter Footprints

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Submission from Lighter Footprints Climate Change Action Group (working draft)

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Victorian Government Green Paper on Climate Change

To:

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From:

Lighter Footprints Spokesperson and Administrative Committee member
http://www.lighterfootprints.org

Lighter Footprints is a local climate change action group with 300 supporters from in and around postcode 3127 in Melbourne.

NOTE: This submission (when finalised) will be endorsed and authorised by Lighter Footprints and issued on behalf of our supporters.

This wiki article will be used to formulate the final Lighter Footprints submission to the Green Paper.

Members are encouraged to contribute to this paper as this is the only way we will get it prepared. Further discussion at next meeting in August.

Submission text follows.

Discussion of Vic Gov Green paper on Climate Change

The whole paper assumes that there will be a national CPRS which sets a price for carbon. This was seen as the major driver for change and that the Vic Gov could do little to set targets in it own right. It also seems that the state is positioning itself more at adaptive modes while the federal government with its revenue base is oriented to mitigation.

With the insecurity of this or any CPRS getting up, the group decided to focus on those issues which are in the Vic government control, eg car emissions, registrations, etc. Pressing for changes to targets, such as the dropped election promise of 60% by 2050, would be less successful because of the unknown impact of any CPRS. Acknowledged that Vic should have a higher target than others because of our high brown coal dependence. Not sure how to pressure for separate emissions targets for Vic.

The document addresses seven areas for discussion in part 3 of the green paper. These were outlined and the group looked at the ways that Government should be taking action.

Discussion highlighted the need to look at some of the work already done to show what would be feasible – like the McKinsey Report – eg it says that for a Gov expenditure of $300 per household, 30% reduction in emissions could be achieved. May revisit this report in writing up our response.

Transport (3.3)

This is described as having no simple solution which seemed to be quite wrong. It offers nothing in terms of modal shifts to trains which could achieve big changes. Concern that our lack of work in building rail means we’ve lost the skill. Other states esp WA, Qld are building rail so the skill is still in the country. Highlight that Vic must build more lines, and more rolling stock. They are doing this to some extent for freight, but have a long way to go for public transport.

Vehicles

Need pressure to move through short term hybrid to electric. One mechanism that is easy to use and has not yet been proposed is differential registration of vehicles based on emissions levels – very much reduced for electric. Weight of car could also be a factor in registration. This can apply to freight vehicles as well –electric vans now available. Buy back scheme for old vehicles.

Clean Energy Industry (Stationary Energy Sector 3.1)

Want to see more action to take up solar and in particular wind energy, but also more local community co generation projects- keeping generation of power closer to communities that use it. Could refer to Boroondara and its trial for co-gen for pools. Need emphasis on Smart Grid for renewable energy. Are looking at smart meters for houses, and this should be an associated project. Must keep up pressure on getting out of coal as the biggest energy provider, and supporting alternatives.

Look at freeing up provision of permits particularly for wind power.

Energy Efficiency (3.2)

Needs to be beefed up. Most powerful contributor is insulation and double glazing and draft stripping (back to McKinsey). Support for house audits, and commercial as well and local communities assisting.

Built environment (3.4)

Address expanding city boundaries and re-iterate need for denser living esp along transport corridors and around rail for activity centres. The issue of building standards for both houses and other buildings must be addressed - currently unacceptable.

Go beyond 5 star, and insist that they address passive solar issues of aspect as well as insulation and other fundamentals.

Forest policy (3.6)

To be discussed further.

Other points

Overall the idea of talking to the community about Climate Change needs more attention. Look at US precedence here. (Peter Campbell to follow up). Also we will revisit the ClimateCare proposal as part of our response to this issue for the green paper.

There was a view that Victoria could become the advocate for the rest of Australia.

In addition a proposal for a climate change bill will be worked on. This may be broad and consist of a vision and principles but may also include some of the points raised here. This element is being worked up separately at this point ( in conjunction with FOE and CEN) but will come together before we finalise out response in September.

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