Dec 05, 2016 - 6:00am
The federal government’s 2017 Climate Policy Review means next year is a clear opportunity to choose between a credible pathway to net zero emissions or continue with the climate and energy policy chaos of the last ten years, The Climate Institute said today in commenting on the release of the Review’s terms of reference.
“The Climate Institute welcomes the release of the Terms of Reference for the 2017 climate policy review,” said CEO of The Climate Institute, John Connor.
“The review offers the chance for a real national conversation about how Australia can join other nations working towards net zero emissions by mid-century and modernising and decarbonising their energy systems.”
“As part of the review, next year Australia can choose to continue with costly and disruptive policy chaos and political point scoring that is impacting on investment, electricity prices and energy security. Or we can choose to join the real world of responsible risk management and recognition of the economic opportunities in a world turning to clean energy.”
“Australian communities and businesses are already being impacted by the global shift to clean energy. A path forward, which is inclusive and factors in the needs of people and businesses who will be at the front line of these changes, can deliver economically, socially and environmentally,” he said.
“The only certain long-term policy solution to managing the transition to clean energy will be one which has bipartisan support. This is needed to unlock the billions of dollars of clean energy opportunities that can come from a credible plan to modernise and decarbonise our economy.”
In recent weeks Australia, with bipartisan support, ratified the Paris Agreement, under which it joined other countries in committing to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions, limit global warming to 1.5-2°C and increase climate resilience. This means that Australia, and other countries, will need to develop a more credible emissions reduction pathway to be able to achieve net zero emissions before 2050.
In that time countries with leadership across the political spectrum, like Germany, Canada and UK, delivered or strengthened policies as well as targets for getting to or near net zero emissions by 2050 and for modernising their energy systems.
Australia’s initial 2030 emissions target is consistent with global action towards 3-4°C global warming and would still leave our per capita emissions on a par with those of Saudi Arabia and Russia.
“This 2017 review and consideration of post-2030 targets will make clear the choices that Australia’s political, business and community leaders make. We will stick with the chaos and point scoring of the last decade, or move forward to manage the risks and grab the opportunities of the climate and clean energy challenge.” For further information on this release, on TCI’s recent research on global clean energy and climate policy trends and TCI’s National Agenda.
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