Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Victorian Government Climate Change Draft Policy

The Victorian Climate Change Green Paper is offered as a "comprehensive response to climate change". Unfortunately the document appears to contain no firm proposals from government to actually reduce carbon emissions to combat climate change. There appear to be no proposals for the government to measure or reduce its own energy use or greenhouse gas emissions. The paper appears to be an attempt to avoid dealing with climate change, rather than addressing it.

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) gets only two brief mentions in the paper:

Information and Communications Technology: Using the strengths of our ICT industry to transform other sectors. ...

Our Focus

Driving new technologies and markets Victoria is a leader in scientific research and many of the State’s capabilities (such as energy,
biotechnology, advanced materials and ICT) have the potential to contribute to Victoria’s response to climate change. ...
The paper contains no mention of the Internet or the World Wide Web and their role in tracking and reducing carbon emissions.

The document is available as a set of web pages, separate PDF chapters or one large PDF file (95 pages, 4.9 Mbytes). Comment is invited via an online survey or more formal submission. One problem is the very long web addresses used, with a 64 character alphanumeric code in each.
Online table of contents

Message from the Premier

Message from the Minister for Environment and Climate Change

Highlights of the Victorian Climate Change Green Paper

Part 1 - Victoria's climate change framework
    1.1 Reviewing our approach to climate change
    1.2 The Commonwealth Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme - a new policy landscape
    1.3 Governments working together - a new role for Victoria
    1.4 Our long-term goals
    1.5 Our priorities
    1.6 Choosing between different policy ‘levers’
Part 2 - The challenge of our generation
    2.1 Our changing climate
    2.2 Our current emissions
Part 3 - Complementing the CPRS: a new world of opportunities
    3.1 The stationary energy sector
    3.2 Energy efficiency
    3.3 Transport
    3.4 The built environment
    3.5 Solid waste management
    3.6 Land use and forestry
    3.7 Agriculture
Part 4 - Adjustment: The low carbon economy - a climate of opportunity
    4.1 Creating opportunities
    4.2 Driving innovation
    4.3 Developing skills
    4.4 Supporting adjustment to change
Part 5 - Adaptation: a new reality
    5.1 Managing our water resources
    5.2 Victoria’s natural ecosystems
    5.3 Adapting to change in the built environment
    5.4 Building responsive emergency services
    5.5 Health and wellbeing in a changing climate
Part 6 - A shared responsibility
    6.1 Communities and climate change
    6.2 Government leading the way
    6.3 Making decisions in a time of climate change
Part 7 - Having your say

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