Jul 08, 2010 - 3:00pm
The Climate Institute called on the Government to release a detailed plan on pollution and climate change, following last night’s disappointing restatement of an open ended review of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) in 2012.
“We need to see the Government commit to a detailed plan which would see legislation introduced in the life of the next parliament to limit and put a price tag on pollution,” said Climate Institute CEO John Connor.
“At the same time we need the Government to get on with the job of developing the skills, technologies and industries that will help Australia move from a high to a low pollution economy.
“Clear signals are needed to drive investments in new clean energy generation, and new and emerging technologies that are not likely to be supported by the Renewable Energy Target legislation such as geothermal and big solar.
“We are calling on all parties to focus on reducing Australia’s pollution and to have credible plans to achieve what is a bipartisan consensus on reducing 2020 pollution levels by up to 25 per cent below 2000 levels.”
“At the moment neither major party has a credible plan for their 2020 targets or a shift to a low pollution economy.
“A mere review of the CPRS in 2012 falls far short of what is needed to take Australia forward from a high pollution to a low pollution economy and risks locking in Australia’s dependence on polluting industries.”
Other measures needed to end Australia’s poor international record on energy wastage with policies to drive energy savings and help manage energy bills.
In addition, measures are needed to build the carbon farming sector which is currently under threat because internationally compliant forest offsets, which were to be included in the CPRS, have been left out of the voluntary scheme.
“Delay and uncertainty is already costing business, the community and the economy at a time when the rest of the world is moving forward to seize the initiative on low pollution investments and technologies,” said Mr Connor
“We look forward to more detailed plans on pollution and climate change that limits and reduces Australia’s rising pollution in the next three years, makes business take responsibility for their pollution and makes clean energy cheaper.”
For further information:
The Climate Institute CEO John Connor
Climate Institute Communications Harriet Binet