ALP & Coalition Policies = Ever Increasing Climate Pollution Media Release

Oct 25, 2007 - 11:31am

The Climate Institute today launched the first ever quantitative analytical tool to assess the impact of the climate policies announced by the major parties.  As at October 25, the “Pollute-o-meter” reveals that both party’s policies will deliver significant increases in greenhouse pollution of more than 18% by 2020.

“If Australia and other countries follow a road towards ever increasing pollution then we are committing our children to dangerous climate change.  Both major parties need to commit to turning around rising greenhouse pollution within the next five years, and substantial reductions beyond, to ensure our children don’t inherit a future of ever worsening droughts, bushfires and other dangerous climate impacts.” Said Climate Institute Chief Executive John Connor.

The Climate Institute has commissioned experts to model the impact of announced policies until 2020. The results show that both parties have failed to propose a set of measurable policies that will halt the rise in pollution, let alone enact the substantial reductions required by 2020. The policies proposed by the Coalition will increase emissions by about 114 million tonnes by 2020 where as the ALP policies on the table so far will increase emissions by 102 million tonnes. Compared with 1990 levels, the ALP’s policies still see a growth in emissions of around 18% by 2020, while the Coalition’s policies deliver growth of almost 21%.
stacks.gif The top three most effective reduction policies by 2020 are energy efficiency standards for appliances (ALP), which reduce emissions by more than 11 million tonnes CO2e per year, phasing out electric hot water systems (ALP) which reduces emissions by almost 5 million tonnes CO2e per year and phasing out incandescent light bulbs (Coalition) which reduces emissions by 4 million tonnes CO2e per year.

Both parties have committed to implement Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), but have not yet set out short or medium term targets making it is impossible to assess their impact or effectiveness. The ALP, which does have a 2050 target, are currently planning to announce their shorter-term target next year. The Coalition’s current plans will leave the shorter-term target until 2010. 

Analysis by Government and independent groups such as ABARE & CSIRO shows that strong economic growth is set to continue even if we substantially reduce emissions,” said Mr Connor

“The ‘Pollute-ometer’ quantifies the effectiveness of any new policy in reducing emissions between now and 2020 using the Climate Policy Analysis Tool developed for the private sector by the Climate Risk Pty Ltd. It will be used in conjunction with our qualitative assessment of policies which currently has neither major parties passing muster – Coalition 23% and ALP 40%.”

“We’ll update both tools regularly to assess new policies and help inform Australians concerned about climate change as they prepare to vote this election.” Said Mr Connor. “No political party has a plan for Australia’s future unless it has clear set of policies to reverse our rising greenhouse pollution within five years, ensure all new electricity comes from clean energy and join the rest of the world to building on the Kyoto framework to reduce greenhouse pollution.

Download the analysis of ALP Policies 

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