Feb 21, 2008 - 8:06am
Climate Institute CEO John Connor today welcomed the interim Garnaut
report, describing it as the curtain raiser to a mature debate on the
leadership now required to tackle climate change.
interim report is a welcome first step towards a mature debate on
climate change,” John Connor, the CEO of The Climate Institute said.
“It recognises the vital interplay between science-based targets, economics and international diplomacy.
“Professor Garnaut has grasped the reality - responding to climate change is a high stakes game for Australia.
Australians, climate change means worsening droughts, more severe
floods, and impacts on key industries such as agriculture and tourism.”
well as recognising the risks, Professor Garnaut has recognised the
opportunities that exist for Australia to work with allies to secure an
effective global agreement, and unlock Australia’s clean energy
resources and our innovative know how,” Mr Connor said
Garnaut has been asked to examine global emission reductions between 450
and 550 parts per million in the atmosphere. At best, scientific
estimates say this would only give us a 50/50 chance of avoiding
dangerous global warming of more than 2 degrees above pre-industrial
levels. A 400ppm target would be less risky.
Mr Connor said that
it is critical that the Garnaut Review now focuses on even more
ambitious action to avoid dangerous climate change.
“Setting ambitious science-based targets is not only necessary but achievable and economically prudent,” said Mr Connor.
Institute economy wide modelling, undertaken with researchers from
CSIRO and Monash University, released late last year shows that
significant reductions can be achieved with negligible relative effect
on GDP and household incomes.
“Helping to drive solutions that
begin to turn around Australia’s emissions so that they peak by 2012
will be critical in battle to avert dangerous climate change and help
promote Australia’s national interest in international talks on the
post-2012 climate deal to be finalised in Copenhagen next year,” said Mr