Inclusion in Climate Change Round Table welcome Media Release

Oct 18, 2010 - 9:00am


The independent Climate Institute welcomed its inclusion in the Federal Government’s Climate Change Roundtable process and reaffirmed its dedication to decisive action on pollution and climate change and a fast but fair transition to an Australian low pollution, clean energy economy.

“The Climate Institute welcomes the opportunity to join the Government’s Climate Change Advisory Roundtable process and we will be doing all we can to help decisive Australian action on pollution and climate change,” said John Connor, CEO, The Climate Institute.

“In this and other processes The Climate Institute is committed to working with all parties, and leading business, regional and community groups, towards the objectives of an Australia competitive in the emerging global low carbon economy, and cooperative in further accelerating global action to avoid the worst impacts of dangerous climate change.”

“With these objectives in sight, The Climate Institute will be focusing on key goals for Australian policy development in the life of this Parliament including:

  1. Australia’s carbon pollution has peaked by 2013 and policy flexibility exists to meet the bipartisan backed commitments of up to 25 per cent reductions by 2020 from 2000 levels*.
  2. Limits and price tags on pollution combining with appropriate incentives to maximise investment in low pollution technologies across all sectors of the economy including energy, industry, transport and agriculture.
  3. Prompt action on the Prime Minister’s Task Group Report on Energy Efficiency recommendation to achieve the goals of Australia moving to the forefront of OECD energy efficiency improvements and the target of 30 % improvement in primary energy intensity between 2010 and 2020.
  4. Stronger emissions performance standards for power plants and vehicles to ensure no new conventional coal plants are built; that all new investments in new coal and gas plants move towards full commercial scale carbon capture and storage post 2020 and that standards for passenger vehicles catch up with European standards by 2020.
  5. A strong and independent Climate Change Commission, playing a key role in determining pollution limits, ensuring any industry assistance is justifiable given the extent of global action, and that appropriate support is given for low income households and affected workers.
  6. Australia meets is current international commitments to limit pollution and support low pollution development among the world’s poorest nations. Australia plays a constructive and influential role internationally to ensure national interest goals of avoiding a 2 degree Celsius increase in global temperature is achieved.

“All the evidence shows that Australia’s pollution dependent economy is lagging key trading partners in moving towards clean energy and low pollution competiveness and productivity.

“Decisive Australian action on pollution and climate change is urgently overdue and The Climate Institute is dedicated to a fast but fair transition to an Australian low pollution, clean energy economy,” concluded Mr Connor.

*The 25% target has been consistently advocated by The Climate Institute and then the Garnaut Review as Australia’s “fair share” of global efforts to keeping global warming to no more than 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels.  This 2 degree goal was accepted at Copenhagen by developed and developing countries supporting the Copenhagen Accord.  Delaying action could mean more of remaining Australian and global carbon budgets are used up, requiring stronger targets.

For further information: 
John Connor | CEO, The Climate Institute |  0413 968 475
Harriet Binet | Communications Director, The Climate Institute |  02 8239 6299

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