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Back-peddling on climate change action

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Back-peddling on climate change action

The Victorian Government's back-peddling on climate change action is alarming, says the Alternative Technology Association (ATA).

The ATA is concerned about the dumping of the state's target of cutting carbon emissions by 20 per cent over the next decade, particularly as it follows plans to expand the state's coal industry and restrictive laws on wind farms.

The ATA is a not-for-profit consumer-based organisation promoting renewable energy, sustainable building and water saving.

"There appears to be little interest by the Victorian Government in action to reduce climate change. This is in stark contrast to the Coalition's election commitments and previous support for a state emissions reduction target," said Ian Porter, the ATA's chief executive.

"While the government's rationale for dropping the target is the existence of the federal emissions target, this doesn't take into account that Victoria has the most emissions intensive economy in the country and has to do more than the rest of Australia to reduce its carbon footprint."

Mr Porter said all governments needed to send a strong message to their communities that climate change was serious and had to be addressed.

He said the Victorian Government's back-peddling flew in the face of thousands of people who have embraced change in their lives towards environmental sustainability.

"The ATA's 5500 members across Australia and New Zealand are passionate about sustainability and are the early adopters of household green technology.

"They are creating the low-carbon future that we all desperately need. It seems the Victorian Government is heading in the other direction."