March 08th 2022

Government climate action plan recognises importance of heritage conservation

The Victorian Government (Australia) has now released its final Built Environment Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan.

In 2021 the National Trust made a submission on the draft,  with recommendations seeking to reframe the role of heritage in the climate change conversation, harnessing the potential for heritage conservation to actively contribute to climate resilience through outcomes such as emissions reductions.

In line with the National Trust submission, the final Action Plan has included two additional objectives:

  • New and Existing Buildings – Consider the value of embodied energy contained in existing and heritage buildings (p13)
  • Heritage – Identify and support conservation and adaptive reuse of heritage buildings as an alternative to new construction (p14)

Read how Heritage was included and more about the work done by the National Trust of Australia here. 

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