What can Melbourne do to meet its 2050 carbon reduction targets?
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Melbourne Climate Futures: Driving the change
Melbourne Climate Futures is a multi-disciplinary initiative showcasing the University’s depth and breadth of expertise and leadership in climate research. Learn more → http://unimelb.me/31dyZPC
University of Melbourne. (2021). Melbourne Climate Futures: Driving the change [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxUvSFVswgw
Victoria signals end of coal by announcing a new 95% renewable target. It’s a risky but vital move.
Wood, T. (2022, October 20). Victoria signals end of coal by announcing a new 95% renewable target. It’s a risky but vital move. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/victoria-signals-end-of-coal-by-announcing-a-new-95-renewable-target-its-a-risky-but-vital-move-192941
Sustained action needed to drive Victoria's gas sector transformation to net zero
Immediate and sustained action by the Victorian Government to support proven, low carbon solutions including energy efficiency, targeted electrification, hydrogen and biogas is needed if Victoria’s gas sector is to reach net zero emissions by 2050, the state’s independent infrastructure advisory body says.
Sustained action needed to drive Victoria’s gas sector transformation to net zero. (2022, July 3). Infrastructure Victoria. https://www.infrastructurevictoria.com.au/2022/07/04/sustained-action-needed-to-drive-victorias-gas-sector-transformation-to-net-zero/
Empowering Indigenous land management through emissions reductions and the carbon economy
The University of Melbourne's School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences has been exploring ideas for collaboration with the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) on forest and land management, including carbon projects. Read about it here.
Gebbie, L. (2021, November). Empowering Indigenous land management through emissions reductions and the carbon economy. Phys.org; Phys.org. https://phys.org/news/2021-11-empowering-indigenous-emissions-reductions-carbon.html
Australians have an average annual carbon footprint around three times greater than the global average. To reduce our impact, there are many ways we can cut down our emissions.
Greening Australia provides a full range of carbon offsetting services to individuals, landholders, businesses and governments, to help reduce Australia’s carbon emissions and mitigate the impacts of a rapidly expanding nation.
Who we are - Greening Australia - About Greening Australia. (2022, November 21). Greening Australia. https://www.greeningaustralia.org.au/about-us/
Australia’s cities policies are seriously inadequate for tackling the climate crisis.
It will be impossible to tackle climate change unless we transform the way we build and plan cities, which are responsible for a staggering 70% of global emissions.
Hurlimann, A., Browne, G., Warren-Myers, G., Bush, J., & Moosavi, S. (2022, May 20). Australia’s cities policies are seriously inadequate for tackling the climate crisis. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/australias-cities-policies-are-seriously-inadequate-for-tackling-the-climate-crisis-182769
Change on the way for how Victorians use natural gas
Natural gas is also a fossil fuel responsible for 20% of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, meaning our use of gas must change significantly if Victoria is to meet its emissions reductions targets and reduce the risks of climate change.
Change on the way for how Victorians use natural gas. (2021, July 18). Infrastructure Victoria. https://www.infrastructurevictoria.com.au/2021/07/19/change-on-the-way-for-how-victorians-use-natural-gas/
Major trading partners are starting to consider climate change and decarbonisation requirements within trade and export agreements. It will require significant investment across all sectors of the economy to reach net zero emissions, but the costs of inaction on climate change will be even higher. Natural disasters already cost the Australian economy an average of $38 billion a year, taking a huge toll on ecosystems, infrastructure, communities and health.
Natural gas use needs to change if Victoria is to meet its emissions reduction targets. (2022, July 3). Infrastructure Victoria. https://www.infrastructurevictoria.com.au/report/4-1-natural-gas-use-needs-to-change-if-victoria-is-to-meet-its-emissions-reduction-targets/
The Aboriginal Carbon Foundation
The Aboriginal Carbon Foundation (AbCF) catalyses life-changing, community prosperity, through carbon farming. Our aim is to build wealth for Traditional Owners and non-Aboriginal carbon farmers.
Aboriginal Carbon Foundation - Community Prosperity, Carbon Farming. (2020, October 16). ABORIGINAL CARBON FOUNDATION. https://www.abcfoundation.org.au/
CHOOSE A DATA SET
Emission sources are broken down across the sectors: Stationary energy, Transportation and Waste.
They are categorized by their "scope" which distinguishes between emissions that physically occur within the city (scope 1), from those that occur from the use of electricity and supplied by grids potentially crossing city boundaries (scope 2), from those that occur outside the city but are driven by activities taking place within the city’s boundaries (scope 3).
All Green House Gas (GHG) emissions are presented in units of metric tonnes CO2 equivalent (tCO2e).
In cases where there are limitations on data availability notation keys have been used. NO indicates that an activity or process does not occur or exist within the city. IE signifies GHG emissions for this activity are presented in another category of the inventory. NE is used when emissions occur but have not been estimated or reported due to unavailability of data.
City of Melbourne. (2020, July 29). City of Melbourne Municipal Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2013-2020. Vic.gov.au. https://data.melbourne.vic.gov.au/Environment/City-of-Melbourne-Municipal-Greenhouse-Gas-Emissio/q3ni-rkmu
The Victorian Government publishes a report every year on Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions. The report uses data prepared by the Commonwealth Department of Climate Change Energy, Environment and Water (DCCEEW), in line with internationally agreed rules.
Victorian Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report, 2020
Change, C. (2022, September 27). Greenhouse gas emissions. Climate Change. https://www.climatechange.vic.gov.au/greenhouse-gas-emissions
IPCC AR6 Working Group 1: Summary for Policymakers. (2021). Ipcc.ch; IPCC. https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg1/chapter/summary-for-policymakers/
Australian Energy Statistics, Table O Australian electricity generation, by fuel type, physical units. (n.d.). https://www.energy.gov.au/sites/default/files/2019_aes_table_o_march_2019.pdf