The Victorian Government has ruled out a state-based carbon emissions trading scheme or shadow pricing of carbon in the review of the state’s Climate Change Act, stating that these are a Commonwealth responsibility.

The findings of an independent review of the act, tabled in Victorian Parliament today (Thursday) include 33 recommendations on how the Act can be strengthened, including a five-year Climate Change Strategy and improved decision making across government to prepare Victoria for a low carbon economy.

The Review Committee received 103 unique submissions and a further 1556 campaign submissions.

Committee chair Martijn Wilder said the review found the current act does not meet the current and future needs of Victoria when responding to climate change.

The government is currently working on a whole of government Victorian Climate Change Framework to help support its response to the review. The framework is expected to be released this year.

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