EARTHCHAT: Victoria's offshore wind target
Updated: Mar 12, 2022
11 & 12 March 2022:
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The Victorian government made a historic announcement last week, setting a target to build 9 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2040. This announcement is an absolute game changer for state-led efforts to tackle the climate crisis while creating jobs and transitioning the fossil fuel workforce.
Pat Simons from Friends of the Earth's Yes2Renewables campaign will join Peter Lockyer on EarthChat to discuss what this announcement means for emissions, and importantly for transitioning coal communities into the jobs of the future - without leaving their community.
Kickstarting offshore wind will be critical for delivering the deep emissions cuts needed to avoid worsening climate impacts. In the absence of federal leadership, Victoria is positioning itself as a leader in this critical industry.
Alongside the union movement and community groups Friends of the Earth “Yes 2 Renewables” have campaigned hard to lock in federal legislation to kickstart offshore wind, and policies to make Victoria the leader in this sector.
But there are still barriers in the way – the federal government still need to establish ‘Offshore Wind Zones’ so game changing projects like the Star of the South can go ahead in reality.
This is the conversation that gives hope in matching emissions reduction with new jobs. EarthChat on 103.9 Seymour FM. Not to be missed, really.
Keen to get some background information? There is an online event Thursday 10th at 7pm.
Minister D’Ambrosio will provide an online briefing on the Victorian government’s recent offshore wind announcements, followed by a discussion among key representatives and campaigners of what this means for jobs and climate action.
Key Speakers include:
Minister Lily D'Ambrosio, Victorian Climate and Energy Minister
Luke Hilakari, Secretary, Victorian Trades Hall Council
Pat Simons, Yes2Renewables Coordinator, Friends of the Earth
Details here: Vic_OffshoreWindTarget - Friends of the Earth (melbournefoe.org.au)
EarthChat on 103.9 Seymour FM on Friday at 10am, repeated on Saturday at 8am.
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