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MEDIA RELEASE: Momentum building for ambitious climate targets after Andrews govt delivers a record cut in electricity emissions

MEDIA RELEASE: 10 December 2020

Momentum builds for ambitious climate targets after Andrews govt delivers a record cut in electricity emissions

Victoria’s latest greenhouse gas performance data, released today, shows the Andrews government has delivered a record cut in emissions from the electricity sector.

Friends of the Earth say the nationally-significant achievement builds momentum for the state government to set science-based Emissions Reduction Targets for 2025 and '30. A decision on the targets is imminent after it was deferred in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The Andrews government’s renewable energy leadership has delivered a record cut in electricity sector emissions while creating thousands of jobs," said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth campaigns coordinator.

"The accelerating pace of emissions cuts in Victoria shows that Premier Dan Andrews can afford to set bold and ambitious Emissions Reduction Targets."

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MEDIA RELEASE 29.11.2020: Vic Energy Innovation Fund will kickstart offshore wind & renewable hydrogen for climate

Environment group Friends of the Earth welcomes the Andrews government’s announcement of an Energy Innovation Fund today, and say establishing Victoria as a national leader in offshore wind and renewable hydrogen means it can aim high on climate change. 

“This is an important step towards making Victoria the national leader in offshore wind and getting ready to create a long pipeline of thousands of good climate jobs” said Pat Simons, Friends of the Earth’s Yes 2 Renewables Coordinator.

Friends of the Earth have been calling on the government to establish an offshore wind industry plan to ensure the state maximises the benefits of kickstarting the sector, in the leadup to an imminent decision on Emissions Reduction Targets for the state. 

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MEDIA RELEASE: Andrews govt’s record-breaking budget builds momentum for ambitious climate targets

The Andrews government’s 2020-21 budget delivers a clean recovery for Victoria with a record $1.6 billion to accelerate the renewable energy transition and over $5 billion for Public Transport. 

Friends of the Earth say the record investment in climate, energy, and transport initiatives build momentum for the government to set science-based Emissions Reduction Targets—a decision on which is expected by the end of the year:

“The Andrews government budget will deliver a clean recovery for Victoria that will create thousands of jobs while cutting emissions,” said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth campaigns coordinator.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Largest energy efficiency package in Victoria’s history a step up on Climate Justice

MEDIA RELEASE: 17 November 2020
 
Largest energy efficiency package in Victoria’s history a step up on Climate Justice

Victoria’s Andrews government has today announced the largest energy efficiency package in the state’s history, a $797 million plan that will deliver home energy upgrades to over 250,0000 households, offer immediate bill relief to people facing hardship during the pandemic, set new home energy standards while accelerating the rollout of rooftop solar around the state.

“This is an unprecedented investment in energy efficiency that will ease the cost of living for people on low-incomes, create thousands of jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Cam Walker, campaigns coordinator at Friends of the Earth. 


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MEDIA RELEASE - Friends of the Earth Welcomes $2.2B Suburban Rail Loop investment

Friends of the Earth welcomes Andrews govt investment to get rolling on the Suburban Rail Loop

Friends of the Earth Melbourne welcomes today’s announcement by the Andrews government that it will invest $2.2 billion to begin Stage One of the Suburban Rail Loop.

The investment demonstrates that the Andrews government is serious about public transport that connects people, reduces congestion, and helps the state rein in emissions and tackle climate change.

“Community members are excited to see big plans for ramping up investment in transport,” said Claudia Gallois, Friends of the Earth's Sustainable Cities coordinator said today.

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MEDIA RELEASE 5 Nov 2020: Andrews govt’s big battery announcement builds momentum for renewables rollout & emissions reductions

Environment group Friends of the Earth welcome the Andrews government’s announcement that Victoria will build Australia’s biggest battery, saying it’s a sign the state government can deliver a clean recovery to COVID-19 while acting on the climate crisis.

The 300 megawatt grid-scale battery project to be built near Geelong will create 85 jobs, accelerate the rollout of renewable energy, and help the Victorian government meet legislated commitments to cut emissions.

Critically, the big battery will help shore up Victoria’s electricity grid, which is facing challenges due to intensifying climate impacts such as summer heatwaves as the state’s ageing and polluting coal generators become increasingly unreliable.

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Media release: Walk 2 #BuildMM2w

This October (19-25th), community members will be participating in a decentralised walk to increase pressure for sustainable public transport as a part of Melbourne's clean COVID-19 recovery.

The Covid-19 pandemic has made clear the need for public transport that reduces both crowding and number of connections in order for Melbourne to become a resilient city. 

Melbourne's North and West are the city's fastest growing areas, but they're severely under-serviced by public transport.

 

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Media release: Walk 2 #BuildMM2

Walk to Build #MM2: The Melbourne Metro 2 Rail line will be imperative to build back a more resilient Melbourne.

This October (19-25th), community members will be participating in a decentralised walk to increase pressure for sustainable public transport as a part of Melbourne's clean COVID-19 recovery.

The Covid-19 pandemic has made clear the need for public transport that reduces both crowding and number of connections in order for Melbourne to become a resilient city. 

Melbourne's North and West are the city's fastest growing areas, but they're severely under-serviced by public transport.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Andrews govt funding for community energy is welcome, but must be scaled up to match demand

Friends of the Earth welcomes $1 million worth of grants to support 13 community-energy projects across Victoria, but say the Andrews government must must scale up funding to match the demand. 

"Communities are way out in front of governments when it comes to tackling the climate crisis," said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth's climate justice spokesperson.

"The Andrews government's grants for community-energy projects acknowledge this leadership and will create jobs while cutting emissions."

Friends of the Earth say the Andrews government can build on the momentum and create thousands more jobs by establishing a dedicated $100 million Victorian Climate Change Action Fund.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Green light for Latrobe Valley's first utility scale renewable energy project welcomed

The Latrobe Valley's first utility scale renewable energy project has been given the green light from the Victorian government, with planning approval for the Fraser Solar farm at Toongabbie fast-tracked as part of the Andrews government's economic response to Covid-19.

Friends of the Earth and local community and sustainability groups have welcomed the news, saying that this marks a shift to renewable energy in the region, and will deliver benefits for jobs, regional investment and the climate.

"This is an exciting step forward for the Latrobe Valley, it's good to know we will continue to have a future in energy production by building renewable energy here in our community" said Wendy Farmer President of community group Voices of the Valley. 

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