VICTORIA'S agriculture minister says farmers want to be part of the climate change solution as the government unveils ambitious plans to halve total emissions by the end of the decade.
Mary-Anne Thomas visited a Glenhope farm on Monday morning as the government spruiked its newly released blueprint.
That included a $20 million agri-sector pledge for carbon sequestration, research and services for farmers, she said.
"Farmers are very aware of the impacts of climate change on their businesses," Ms Thomas.
"They are feeling it, they are at the front line on climate change."
Ms Thomas said the Victorian government wanted to help those farmers better understand what parts of their operations were triggering carbon emissions.
Other initiatives included incentives for landowners to plant agroforestry and shelterbelt trees on their land.
Agriculture was one plank in the government's plan.
The bulk of changes would come down to Victoria's energy uses, which accounts for more than 50 per cent of the state's carbon emissions.
The government included rebates for solar panel installations for homes and businesses.
It also included pledges for transport and industry as well as $3000 for people who buy zero-emissions vehicles.
Victoria has already cut its emissions by 24.8 per cent based on 2005 carbon emissions. It met that target two years early and says it is on track to meet its 2025 targets.
However, green groups had a mixed response to the incoming 2030 roadmap.
Both the Climate Council and Environment Victoria welcomed new emissions targets but said they fell short.
"By announcing targets of 45-50 per cent by 2030, Victoria has almost matched the recent US pledge of 50-52 per cent, but the science is clear we need to act much faster," Environment Victoria chief executive Jono La Nauze said.
"Judged against what we need to do to stop the climate crisis, these targets fall far short."
The Climate Council's Will Steffen said Australia needed to cut its emissions by 75 per cent by 2030 and reach net zero by 2035.
"Given the extraordinary economic opportunities for Victoria from investing in clean technology and new industries, a higher emission reduction target is a pathway to more clean jobs and investment, cleaner and cheaper electricity, and healthier communities," professor Steffen said.
A recent Climate Council jobs plan suggested up to 20,000 Victorian jobs could be created within three years, while also cutting emissions, in sectors such as energy, transport, waste and education and training.
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