Coalition leads ALP on pollution reduction, not policies Media Release

Jul 15, 2010 - 3:30pm

Independent analysis of the major parties’ current pollution reduction policies shows both performing poorly with the Coalition leading the ALP on Australian pollution reduction, but trailing on a more detailed analysis (fact sheet attached), The Climate Institute said today.

“As the election looms, we’ve conducted the first run of our Pollute-o-meter* and our detailed star rating analysis of major party policies,” said John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute.

“With much greater detail needed from both sides, and as we await outcomes from Tuesday’s Cabinet climate considerations, the Coalition is ahead in pollution reduction because of its Emission Reduction Fund.

“The Government’s small gain in fixing renewable energy legislation is cancelled by the premature ending of its home insulation and green loans scheme.”

“Both parties current policies will see Australia’s pollution increasing through 2020, ALP 21% above 2000 levels by 2020 and the Coalition 7%, and fail to achieve stated international commitments of 5 to 25 % reduction of 2000 levels by 2020.

The detailed star rating analysis, which includes a global perspective, the Government is just in front of the Coalition, scoring one out of a possible five stars on The Climate Institute’s rating system, ahead of the Coalition on half a star.

“Our detailed analysis puts the ALP just in front of the Coalition because its commitments are more helpful in achieving and investing in a global agreement,” said Mr Connor.

“Clearly both major parties have a long way to go before they can claim to have credible or detailed plan on pollution and climate change or even meet their international commitments.

The Climate Institute also analysed the Greens policies placing them well ahead on pollution reduction and with the detailed analysis awarding four out of five stars.

“We’ll be updating the Pollute-o-meter and the star rating system throughout the campaign, providing non-partisan analysis of policies to encourage growing the jobs, skills and investment incentives needed for building a low pollution economy, as well as helping build global ambition and action on pollution and climate change.

“The Climate Institute looks forward to continuing discussions with all parties in helping them produce policies that will transition Australia to a prosperous low-pollution, competitive economy,” concluded Mr Connor.

Also available:

  • Fact sheet on initial Pollute-o-meter and Star Rating analysis (Download from the Pollute-o-Meter page)
  • Climate Risk’s Reports on Party Policies (Download from the Pollute-o-Meter page)
  • TCI’s Policy Roadmap Action Plan on Pollution and Climate Change

For further information:

Harriet Binet | Communications Director, The Climate Institute |  (02) 8239 6299 or  0402 588 384

John Connor | CEO, The Climate Institute |  0413 968 475

*The Pollute-o-meter, conducted by independent consultants Climate Risk, tests the credibility of policies by measuring the amount by which any given policy will reduce Australia’s pollution below business-as-usual, or no action. The overall policy goals are measured against reversing rising national pollution levels by 2013, achieving a 25 per cent reduction by 2020 off 2000 levels and transitioning to a net zero pollution economy by 2050. Current business-as-usual predictions will see at least a 20 per cent increase above 1990 levels by 2020.

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