Infrastructure Victoria’s 2050 plan
The state’s key infrastructure body releases its 30-year plan for a greener Victoria.
The state’s leading infrastructure body has laid out an ambitious plan for a cleaner and greener Victoria, including an end to petrol-fuelled cars and a zero-emissions target by 2050.
Infrastructure Victoria’s newly released draft 30-year development strategy makes 95 recommendations to the state government covering a broad range of issues including public transport, sustainability, renewable energy, waste and recycling and social housing.
Key among them is setting a target date of 2050 to achieve zero emissions by phasing out all fossil-fuel-powered vehicles, starting with new government fleet vehicles and public buses.
Other recommendations include mandating an eight-star energy-efficiency rating for all new homes, minimum tree-cover requirements for new suburbs on the urban fringe, and upgrading the state’s electricity grid to cope with the burgeoning uptake of domestic rooftop solar and renewable power from solar and wind farms.
RACV’s senior manager transport, planning and infrastructure, Peter Kartsidimas, says Infrastructure Victoria has set out a clear plan for creating a clean energy future for the state.
“We welcome the range of initiatives that will make renewables a more significant component of our energy market,” Peter says.
“We are pleased to see a focus on energy efficiency in the home, recognising that home building and maintenance can play a large role in reducing energy use for Victorian households.”
He says RACV also supports proposed initiatives to encourage increased uptake of electric vehicles by removing registration fees for no-emissions vehicles and expanding public EV-charging infrastructure.