Mar 13, 2009 - 10:44am
Friday, 13 March 2009 10:44
Key indicators of carbon
pollution show that Australia’s emissions continued to rise as the
economy slowed in the last quarter of 2008, research for the
independent Climate Institute shows.
pollution from the key drivers of Australian emission growth,
commercial and residential electricity and fuel use, increased in the
December quarter by 800,000 tonnes, almost exactly the same as was
predicted on assumptions the economy was growing 2 to 3 per cent.
when the economy is in third gear, Australia’s carbon pollution rose
strongly meaning there is no time for complacency in making the changes
needed to drive job creation in a more efficient and cleaner
low-carbon economy,” said Climate Institute CEO John Connor.
pollution rise of 800,000 tonnes in the last quarter was the
equivalent of the emissions from 80,000 households or 185,000 cars.
Since June 2005, emissions have grown by around 22 million tonnes.
data reveals an Australian economy still highly geared to pollution
needing strong new policies to clean up the economic engines so as the
economy recovers we’ll be growing clean jobs and a clean economy,” Mr
up our economy requires a full toolbox of emissions trading, energy
efficiency and renewable energy incentives, all with stronger focus and
drivers than the policies currently available.
Government, the Coalition and the Senate needs to strengthen
inadequate pollution reduction targets to at least 25 per cent off 2000
levels by 2020, and redirect the handouts from big polluters to
investment in job creation, energy efficiency improvements and clean
there are now more jobs in renewable energy than those directly
employed in oil and gas and if a few major polluters keep pulling on
the hand brakes on reforms here Australia will be left behind as a
“carbon ghetto” in a world powering ahead with a low carbon recovery.”