Feb 27, 2008 - 2:16am
The release of Government’s projections for Australia’s greenhouse
pollution shows much more action is needed if Australia is to protect
its national interest and help lead the fight against climate change.
the addition of some of the Government’s policy measures may see
Australia on track for its Kyoto target, we should not be celebrating an
increase in Australian greenhouse pollution,” said John Connor, CEO
“Even with the renewable energy target, the projections are for massive increases in pollution from the energy sectors.
“Under these estimates, Australia will be emitting 20 per cent more carbon pollution by 2020.
highlights the importance of more, and early, policies for emissions
trading, energy efficiency and clean energy - an invitation for all of
us to work harder for a more sustainable future.
Garnaut has reminded us, while Australia has much to lose from dangerous
global warming, there are also significant opportunities from taking
“Make no mistake - it is in Australia’s national
interest to have a strong position when negotiating global outcomes on
“Strong domestic policies will mean clout in world negotiations.
reality is that we will need at least a 20 per cent reduction in
Australia’s greenhouse pollution by 2020,” Mr Connor said.
The projected increases in pollution identified by the Government include:
- Stationery energy (including electricity generation) - Up by 56%
- Transport emissions (including car use) - Up by 42%
- Fugitive emissions (from coal, oil and gas) - Up by 26%
- Industrial processes’ emissions - Up by 49%
- Agriculture emissions - Up by 6 %
figures also record a substantial decrease in land use change emissions
due to reduced land clearing. Emissions are projected to drop by 68% by
2008-12. Further, Australia is expected to achieve 21 Mt of carbon
dioxide emissions through large scale establishment of new forest
plantations since 1990.
“Clearly, policies designed to minimise
Australia’s carbon footprint – emissions trading schemes, fuel and
building efficiency standards and taxation reform – will have
considerable effect,” Mr Connor said.
“That’s why we need these
policies implemented early in the term of the Rudd Government –
implemented as early as possible,” concluded Mr Connor.