Skip navigation

Climate strike exposes the Victorian Labor Government's shocking record on coal

profile image
Sam Hibbins MP
Member for Prahran
23 September 2019

The Victorian Greens are highlighting the Victorian Labor Government’s shocking record on coal and the inadequacies of their renewable energy target in the lead up to Friday’s global climate strike in Melbourne.

Key facts

  • Victoria burns more coal per year than the proposed Adani mine will produce each year.
  • Victoria’s three brown coal power stations burn a combined total of around a million tonnes of coal per week.
  • Victoria’s Yallourn power station is Australia’s oldest and most polluting coal-fired power station.
  • Victoria’s energy sector will still produce 33.9 million tonnes of carbon pollution in 2030 – down from 35.9 – if the Government achieves its 50 per cent renewable energy target.
  • The Victorian Greens will move to amend the Government’s Renewable Energy (Jobs and Investment) Amendment Bill 2019 (due to be debated in the Legislative Council) to increase Victoria’s renewable energy target to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

Acting Leader of the Victorian Greens, Sam Hibbins MP, said the Government needed to phase out its old, polluting and unreliable coal-fired power stations, and adopt a 100% renewable energy target to effectively address climate change.

Hibbins added that it was important for the Government to act on the demands for greater action on climate change in Victoria from the tens of thousands of impassioned people expected at Treasury Gardens this Friday.

Quotes attributable to Acting Leader of the Victorian Greens, Sam Hibbins:

‘On Friday young people will be striking for their futures and demanding urgent action from all Governments, who have so far let them down on climate change.’

‘Victoria is burning more coal per year than the proposed Adani coal mine will produce and is home to Yallourn, Australia’s most polluting coal fired power station.’

‘Even with the Government’s 50 per cent renewable energy target, Victoria will still be producing tens of millions of tonnes of carbon pollution every year.’

‘It’s not good enough to leave the end of coal up to the market. Tens of thousands of Victorians will march for greater action on climate change this week and the state Government must listen and act.’

‘Their first major test on climate following the strike will be whether they vote for the Victorian Greens’ upcoming amendment to bring Victoria to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030.’

profile image
Sam Hibbins MP
Member for Prahran
23 September 2019
SHARE:

WHAT I'M FIGHTING FOR


LATEST NEWS

VICTORIAN BAN ON 'DANGEROUS' CONVERSION PRACTICES LONG OVERDUE

The Victorian Greens have welcomed the introduction of a bill in Victorian Parliament that would outlaw sexuality and gender identity conversion practices across the state. The Greens have long joined calls from LGBTQA+ survivors for the state government to exercise its power to stamp out the dangerous and discriminatory practices,...

Road User Charging - Government Run Scheme Yes. Privatised No.

The more I look into the Victorian Labor governments Electric Vehicles tax, the more it becomes apparent that it is a first step toward allowing a future road user charge scheme to be privatised, undermining the benefits of such a scheme whilst profiting Transurban or some other profit hungry corporation....

Green’s oppose Labor’s electric vehicle tax

The Victorian Greens have slammed the Victorian Labor Government’s decision to introduce a user charge for electric vehicles and vow to oppose it in state parliament.   The Greens say the tax would be bad for our climate and the electric vehicle industry, and would discourage the uptake of electric...

Greens welcome thousands of new homes for people in need

The Victorian Greens have welcomed the state government’s announcement that it will fund thousands of new homes for people in need in the upcoming State Budget. They say the announcement follows years of advocacy from the Greens and housing advocates and will help to alleviate the state’s current public housing...