Victorians are kicking goals when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with more than 180 Victorian-based organisations partnering with the Andrews Labor Government in its climate change pledge initiative TAKE2.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today launched Pledge Action Day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), which is one of the TAKE2 Founding Partners.
Effective climate change action needs a team approach. All sectors of the community can play a vital role in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions to ensure Victoria makes a meaningful contribution to keeping the temperature rise to under two degrees.
Like other Founding Partners, the MCG is helping bring Victoria closer to its net zero emissions target when the siren sounds in 2050. Thanks to 12,500 new light fittings and a cloud monitoring system, the MCG is now a world leader, recycling 75 per cent of its waste and reducing water use by 45 per cent.
The Labor Government has made it mandatory for all government departments to pledge actions to reduce emissions from their operations and move towards low carbon technologies and practices.
Some of Victoria’s most innovative businesses and community organisations have signed up as TAKE2 Founding Partners:
- Zoos Victoria is the world’s first certified carbon neutral zoo, using sustainable lighting, heating and cooling, small scale solar installations and best practice environmental management
- Qantas Group has lifted the fuel efficiency of its fleet and aims for an annual improvement of 1.5 per cent, along with a target of halving its emissions by 2050 compared with 2005 levels
- Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy with advanced electric vehicles the development of renewable electricity generation through electric energy storage systems
The TAKE2 website features hundreds of suggested actions for individuals and organisations in all sectors to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Every Victorian can pledge for action on climate change and play their part at
Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews
“Collective action is the only way to achieve real change in reducing our emissions and reaching net zero emissions by 2050.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D'Ambrosio
“Today is about recognising the efforts of those who have pledged their support for TAKE2 and encouraging even more Victorians to get on board and work with us to combat the harmful effects of climate change.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020