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Comprehensive roadmap to support Victorian businesses to transition to net-zero
Sustainable development consultancy Arup has partnered with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to produce a comprehensive roadmap to support Victorian businesses to transition to a net-zero economy.
The guide “Achieving a Net-Zero Economy: Roadmap for Victorian Businesses” aims to lower energy costs, ensure reliable energy supple, and support businesses to meet the state government’s commitment to decarbonise 95% of Victoria’s energy sector by 2035.
This comprehensive roadmap outlines both short-term business and workforce support recommendations, as well as looks at medium to long-term mechanisms for guiding the broader transition to renewable energy.
Key short-term priorities outline the importance of subsidies and cost reduction incentives for energy-intensive industries, investing in talent reskilling, and improving energy efficiency through upgrades that reduce costs and support business competitiveness.
In the medium to long-term, priorities include boosting local manufacturing, improving infrastructure capacities, decentralising the energy grid, and developing a 30-year infrastructure and built environment roadmap. The key goal of the long-term strategy is providing certainty to private sector investors, underpinned by a range of policies and programs for promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy, and low-emissions targets.
Patrick Gorr, Hydrogen Leader, Arup, Australasia said: “Energy markets are a key driver in global efforts to tackle climate change by reducing carbon emissions. The roadmap developed with the Chamber draws on globally proven methodologies for reducing emissions while taking into account the specific local environment affecting the state of Victoria to create a bespoke guide for navigating the energy transition.
“The benefits for governments and industry groups in transitioning to net zero become more inevitable as we see more markets recognising how emissions will play an important role in years to come. That’s why it’s essential that Victorian businesses are proactive in finding an effective path towards net zero.”
Paul Guerra, CEO, Victorian Chamber of Commerce, and Industry said: “The transition to net-zero presents a unique opportunity for industry, and the Victorian economy. It is imperative that Victorian business and the State Government take a leadership role and use the transition to a net-zero economy as an opportunity to drive economic growth
“Reducing emissions is about more than the environment; the renewable energy manufacturing sector could and should be a key component of Victoria’s manufacturing future. We have some of the best, if not the best, conditions for producing renewable energy in the world so we should be grasping this opportunity with both hands.
“By adopting our roadmap, we believe the Victorian Government can effectively attract private investment, reduce energy prices, ensure the supply of energy, and support businesses in transition to a net-zero economy.”
The roadmap is available via the Victorian Chamber’s campaign webpage: https://www.victorianchamber.com.au/policy-and-advocacy/initiatives/netzero
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Victorian businesses pleading for roadmap timelines to be brought forward
Victorian business owners are pleading to be able to reopen for indoor dining sooner than the roadmap allows. Under the current plan - pubs, clubs and entertainment venues will be allowed to serve up to 50 fully vaccinated patrons outdoors when 70 percent of the state's population is vaccinated. However, the Victorian Premier is refusing to bring forward the reopening timelines.
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Victorian Government’s Roadmap to deliver the National Plan
19 September 2021
Premier Daniel Andrews has released the State Government’s Roadmap which details plans for the state’s recovery from COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns for the next three months and beyond.
The Premier emphasised that this is the Roadmap for Victoria to deliver on the National Plan and the government will continue to monitor and learn from New South Wales lead as they reach vaccine targets ahead of Victoria.
Health Minister Martin Foley described the roadmap as “a document that will drive hope, recovery and manage our way through what is still going to be challenging period ahead.”
To date, there are currently 204 Victorians in hospital, with 55 in ICU and 38 of those on a ventilator. Of those numbers, only one per cent are fully vaccinated.
Today’s announcements also included the news that Geelong, the Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire will go into a seven-day lockdown from 11.59pm tonight, with restrictions the same as those in the City of Ballarat and metropolitan Melbourne, excluding the curfew.
Victorian Chamber Chief Executive Paul Guerra expressed his disappointment in the roadmap.
“Victorian businesses wanted a pathway to prosperity, but instead we got a roadmap with roadblocks.
“Victorians deserve answers as to why Victoria’s health advice and roadmap is so different to NSW. It is extremely tough to look over the border and see our NSW neighbours get back to relatively normal life while we continue to be locked down in a holding pattern.
“The State Government must urgently commit to additional financial support for the many businesses that remain in limbo and do more to incentivise vaccination, such as public health orders to mandate vaccination for workers in all consumer-facing sectors. We need a pathway to prosperity.”
The Victorian Chamber’s own plan that was released ten days ago advocated for a balanced and practical roadmap and was reflective of the National Cabinet Plan and Doherty Institute Modelling. Details can be found here.
National Plan: Phase A - Metro
80 per cent first dose (indicative date: 26 September 2021)
- Victorians can get outside to catch up with friends and do some of the outdoor activities we’ve gone without.
- Outdoor recreation activities such as basketball, gold, tennis, cricket etc. will be allowed with the same limit as picnics. Accessing the facilities must be contactless
- Personal training can resume for up to five fully vaccinated people outside
School reopens (indicative date: 5 October 2021)
- Students can return to sit the GAT if required on October 5 th
- From 6 October, on-site learning for VCE Units ¾ and final year VCAL and IB students
- From 18 October, prep students return three days a week years 1 and 2 students return two days a week
National Plan: Phase B – Metro (indicative date: 26 October 2021)
- At 70 per cent fully vaccinated, lockdown will end in Melbourne.
- Reasons to leave home and curfew no longer in place
- Travel limit increased to 25kms
- All school students return on-site at least part-time: Year 3 and 4 Tuesday and Wednesday; Year 5 and 6 Thursday and Friday; Year 7 five days; Year 8 and 9 Tuesday and Wednesday; Year 10 Thursday and Friday; Year 11 five days
- 10 fully vaccinated people can gather outdoors; five unvaccinated
- Community sport training returns for minimum required to hold training (not competition), changing rooms closed
- Pubs, clubs, and entertainment venues can open to 50 fully vaccinated people outdoors
- Weddings and funerals open for 50 fully vaccinated outdoors; unvaccinated - 10
- Hairdressing and personal care services open for up to five fully vaccinated people
- Outdoor swimming pools open for up to 50 fully vaccinated
- Outdoor creative studios open for up to 50 fully vaccinated
- Zoos open to 25 per cent capacity for fully vaccinated’
- Outdoor amusement parks open for up to 50 fully vaccinated
- Real estate opens to outdoor auctions for up to 50 fully vaccinated
- Outdoor tours open for up to 50 fully vaccinated
- Easing of restrictions for care facility visitors
National Plan: Phase A – Regional
- Regional Victoria is out of lockdown and at 80 per cent first dose some further easing can go ahead.
- Masks can be removed for your entire booking at the hairdressers and other beauty services
- Final year VCAL students can return to on-site learning
- Schools continue to be open in Regional Victoria for on-site learning for VCE Units ¾, final year VCAL and IB students, Prep and Year 1 and 2 students.
- Further advice on the return to onsite learning for remaining year levels will be provided by 30 September.
National Plan: Phase B – Regional (indicative date: 26 October 2021)
- More social and recreation activities open for fully vaccinated Victorians
- Community sport returns indoors for minimum number required
- Pubs, clubs, and entertainment venues are open indoors to 30 fully vaccinated people
- All school students return onsite at least part time
- Funerals and weddings are allowed for 30 fully vaccinated people indoors and 100 fully vaccinated outdoors
National Plan: Phase C – Metro and Regional
80 per cent double vaccinated 16+ years (indicative date: 5 November 2021)
At 80 per cent fully vaccinated, regional Victoria and Metro Melbourne come together under the same rules
- Up to 10 people (including dependents) are permitted at your home
- Up to 150 fully vaccinated people can dine indoors, and up to 30 can gather in public outside
- Indoor community sport open for minimum number required
- Masks are only required inside
- Pubs, restaurants, and cafes can open for seated service only, up to 150 fully vaccinated people inside and 500 outdoors
- Work from home if you can but you can go to work if fully vaccinated
- Hairdressing, beauty, and personal care open for fully vaccinated people
- All retail open with density limits of four sqm per person
- Early childhood education and care is open
- All students return to school with additional safety measures in place
- On-site adult education returns for fully vaccinated Victorians
- Weddings funeral and religious services return for 150 fully vaccinated people indoors, and 500 outdoors
- Hairdressing, beauty, and personal care up to 150 fully vaccinated indoors
- Food courts takeaway only
- Intrastate travel allowed
- Interstate borders may exempt vaccinated residents from domestic restrictions, subject to National Cabinet
- Swimming pools, spas, saunas, steam rooms and springs – open to fully vaccinated: 150 indoors, 500 outdoors
- Community facilities – open to fully vaccinated: 150 indoors, 500 outdoors
- Creative studios – open to fully vaccinated: 150 indoors, 500 outdoors
- Arcades, escape rooms, bingo – open to fully vaccinated: 150 indoors, 500 outdoors
- Amusement parks – open to fully vaccinated: 150 indoors, 500 outdoors
- Casino – open to fully vaccinated: 150 indoors
- Retail betting and electronic gaming – open to fully vaccinated: 150 indoors, 500 outdoors
- Adult services – open to fully vaccinated: 150 indoors
- Karaoke and nightclubs – open to fully vaccinated: 150 indoors, 500 outdoors
- Accommodation – open in line with private gathering limits
- Real estate - – open to fully vaccinated: 150 indoors, 500 outdoors
- Tours and tours transport – open to fully vaccinated: 150 indoors, 500 outdoors
National Plan: Phase D – Metro and Regional
80% double vaccinated 12+ years (indicative date: 19 November 2021)
- Once 80 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over are fully vaccinated, restrictions will align with the National Plan to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response, agreed to by National Cabinet.
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The head of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce says Covid-19 roadmap templates for business are based around a four-step “traffic light” system, as Victorians eagerly await the government exit roadmap from lockdown on Sunday.
The chamber’s chief executive, Paul Guerra, has outlined to Guardian Australia the draft Covid-19 roadmaps the government is using to consult with Victorian business ahead of easing restrictions.
“If you move down the vertical axis [of the template] there are these six common requirements. [They are] ensure physical distancing, wear a mask, practise good hygiene, quickly act if staff become unwell, avoid interactions in enclosed spaces and create workforce bubbles,” Guerra said.
“Then across the horizontal axis, you’ve got the four phases … Closed, which is red, heavily restricted, which is orange, restricted, which is yellow, and then green – open with the Covid-safe plan. So obviously every business wants to be in the green section… as quick as possible.”
But key information was still missing from the template, he said, such as the dates or infection thresholds dictating when each phase would begin.
“That’s the missing link. We can do all this work, but what we need to understand is: how do you move from red to orange, and from orange to yellow? How do you move from yellow to green?” he said.
“And importantly, if we do get spot fires, what has to happen in specific industries? Perhaps to move back a phase or a couple of phases to get that spot fire under the control, without necessarily shutting down the whole state.”
A leaked document reported by the Herald Sun on Thursday appears to lay out the roadmap for Melbourne residents, including remaining in stage four lockdown for an additional two weeks. But the premier’s office was quick to dismiss the document saying that, although legitimate, it was out of date.
“We know every Victorian wants certainty about the future – for them, for their family and for their work. By the end of the week, we will lay out a plan to reopen our state,” a spokeswoman said.
Andrews confirmed the roadmap has not been finalised and would be informed by this week’s numbers.
Guerra said the leaked document was “fundamentally different” to those the state government provided the chamber.
“I’ve not seen that document before. It bears no resemblance to the document that we’ve been working through,” he said.
“Even the language in terms of the common requirements are different. There was no four traffic light phase … and quite frankly, we’re going to keep focusing on the template that the premier spoke about because we expect that will be the template when he talks on Sunday.”
The leaked document laid out four stages labelled “Stage 4, Lockdown”, “Stage 3 PLUS, Stay at Home”, “Stage 2, Go Outside”, “Stage 1, Stay Aware” and “Stage 0, Covid Normal”.
The deputy chief health officer, Dr Allen Cheng, said “the themes are the same”, when asked how similar the document was to plans currently being considered.
“But, you know, we’re not going to make any final decisions, and we’ll announce them on Sunday.”
Andrews has previously stated that the stages, although still labelled numerically, would be considerably different from those in the first wave.
Prof Mary-Louise McLaws, an epidemiologist at the University of New South Wales and consultant for the World Health Organization, said key areas, such as workplaces, needed more target restriction this time around.
“What they also will be looking at, I expect, is having an infection control public health expert to walk the corridors of each and every one of those high-risk workplaces, working out where the problems are for the employers,” she said.
“Because employers don’t know what they don’t know.”
During the first wave, gatherings in a private homes and in public were eased at relatively the same rate. Gathering in homes proved to be a major source of transmission during the second wave and McLaws said this was a restriction that would need to change.
“Large gatherings in the home, that should be a no, no for a while, I’m sorry,” she said.
“Imagine you go and visit somebody who has a large number of people, you’re day three, or day four, you’re now infectious to others.”
This sentiment was echoed by Andrews, who admitted that large at-home gatherings would be allowed at a considerably later stage.
McLaws also pointed to areas that were of less concern than first expected and could therefore be eased earlier, such as outdoor dining and gatherings. This is consistent with the out-of-date roadmap’s “Stage 2: Go Outside” phase, which allowed a range of activities conducted in the open air.
McLaws was one of the first epidemiologists to suggest the “traffic light” infection control system, whereby the government oscillates between different levels of restrictions as case numbers rise in order to avoid widespread lockdown.
She said the term “traffic light” was a misnomer coined by Twitter, and it was closer to a bushfire warning system.
“The green status is like you have an amber burning and you can put your foot on it and it’s out. It’s always easy for authorities to find the close contacts for that number of infected people.”
She said the green zone should constitute 59 or fewer cases each fortnight, around four cases each day. At this level, no extra restrictions would have to be imposed.
“Then it [would go] to amber, that is 60 to 99 cases [per fortnight]. That’s when you respond. That’s when you might do things like curfew or mask use.” That would be for around four to seven cases per day.
“You don’t let it get to red,” McLaws said.
“The red zone is at 100 [per fortnight, seven or more cases per day]. That is when it just escalates and never gets back down … It just gets a life of its own. It’s like a bushfire on all fronts, which is what happened in Victoria sadly,” she said.
It’s at this point that wider, more severe lockdowns would need to be imposed, the epidemiologist added, but the goal is to never reach it.
On Thursday, Victoria recorded 113 cases and the seven-day average still sits around 100.
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