Australia's pollution continues to rise Media Release

May 27, 2010 - 2:30pm

The release of Australia’s national pollution report today highlights the economy's dangerous addiction to polluting technologies, The Climate Institute said today.

Erwin Jackson, Deputy CEO of The Climate Institute said: “While pollution fell marginally in 2009, the Government’s accounts show pollution is on the rise again as the economy responds to the global economic upswing.

“Our economy currently relies on a polluting foundation and without policies to make polluting companies responsible for the damage they cause, and to make clean energy cheaper, Australia will continue to fall behind other countries that are building low pollution economies.”

While pollution fell marginally in 2009, the Government’s accounts show pollution is on the rise again as the economy responds to the global economic upswing. Our economy currently relies on polluting springs and without policies to make polluting companies responsible for the damage they cause, and to make clean energy cheaper, Australia will continue to fall behind other countries that are building low pollution economies.

A recent independent assessment commissioned by Westpac and The Climate Institute shows that the amended Renewable Energy Target currently before the Parliament will begin to restructure our polluting power sector and drive billions of dollars of investment in new technologies and skills.

However, it warned that Australia's pollution will continue to soar without price signals and other policies to make companies take responsibility for their pollution.

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