Victoria Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith
Sustainability Victoria Review Charts Course For More Effective Investment
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith has today released the findings from the review into Sustainability Victoria (SV) which will help set the course for more effective investment in waste reduction and improved energy-efficiency measures.
The review was commissioned to ensure SV had a clear vision and strategy for effective, practical and targeted outcomes on core efforts such as helping householders and the community make improvements in recycling, waste management, saving energy and other resources.
Mr. Smith said the review has found that the agency had been allowed to fall into a position where it was failing to fulfil its legislative obligations under both the Environment Protection Act (1970) and the Sustainability Victoria Act (2005) on waste management planning.
“The review has highlighted the need for better investment in reducing waste, increasing recycling and helping home owners and businesses improve energy efficiency.” Mr. Smith said.
“Much of SV’s funding comes from landfill levies and it is therefore completely appropriate for the agency to have a stronger focus on waste and recycling.”
“Effective waste management plays a significant role in achieving broad sustainability outcomes. For example, diverting organic material from landfills helps reduce methane production a potent greenhouse gas associated with climate change.”
Key recommendations from the review include:
- Re-establishing SV’s state wide leadership in the area of waste strategy and program implementation in partnership with portfolio agencies.
- SV working with the EPA to consider programs that support business to improve energy efficiency where there is a positive return on investment.
- Invest in building capability and developing measures to evaluate triple bottom line outcomes including environmental, economic and social benefits.
- Develop a long term investment strategy for SV’s programs funded from the Sustainability Fund to support waste and resource recovery.
Mr. Smith said Sustainability Victoria would listen to strong stakeholder feedback gained under the review process and work to re-focus re-investment of the landfill levy into the waste industry to drive better waste outcomes.
“The Sustainability Fund Priority Statement clearly highlights climate change as an important area for future funding focus by the Sustainability Fund Advisory Panel.” Mr. Smith said.
“The Coalition Government is set to get on with the job of responding to the recommendations for action by SV.”
“The Victorian Coalition Government will look to fund a range of initiatives that will provide targeted investments across a number of priority areas in organics, energy efficiency and resource recovery.”
“Sustainability Victoria will now focus its program delivery on a set of priority program areas that helps Victoria improve activities around recycling, waste management and saving valuable resources such as energy.” Mr. Smith said.