New IPCC report to test Government ALP on climate action Media Release

Apr 13, 2014 - 7:47pm

The Government and the ALP should both reaffirm their commitment to the international goal of avoiding 2°C warming and national carbon pollution reductions to help with this goal, said The Climate Institute upon the release of the third report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which examines climate change solutions.

“This report tests the Government’s and the ALP’s resolve to implement national carbon pollution targets consistent with helping to avoid internationally agreed dangerous levels of global warming,” said John Connor, CEO, The Climate Institute.

“A credible carbon pollution reduction task is not one of falling across the line of 5 per cent reductions below 2000 levels by 2020. If other countries did similar, this is consistent with around 4°C global warming. A plan that ends in 2020, ends at the beginning. Credible Australian goals need to more than halve carbon pollution by 2030.”

The independent Climate Change Authority, chaired by former Reserve Bank Governor Bernie Fraser, with Board members including the former head of the Australian Industry Group, Heather Ridout and Australia’s Chief Scientist Ian Chubb, recommended 19 per cent reductions of Australia’s 2000 carbon pollution levels by 2020 and 40 – 60 per cent reductions by 2030.

“This report from the world’s top climate change economists, and signed off by governments including Australia, is crystal clear: effective, sustained and ambitious policies are needed to boost renewable energy, energy efficiency and technologies that remove carbon pollution from the atmosphere. Economy wide measures such as carbon pricing, regulations and policies that provide long-term certainty are key ingredients to effective national policies.”

“Big carbon pollution reductions are possible by 2030 and if we don’t start today the costs of achieving these goals will increase significantly. Turning our coal, oil and gas based energy system to one based on clean energy sources like wind and solar, improving the energy efficiency of our buildings, industries and transport sector, stopping deforestation and developing carbon removal technologies are all essential ingredients to effective action.”

“Like its counterpart in 2007, this report sets the standard against which Australian climate credibility and commitment will be tested and that includes readiness to more than halve our carbon pollution by 2030. This test, not whether 5 per cent reductions, can be achieved by 2020, is the test Australia’s climate credibility.”

“This latest IPCC report reminds us that a plan that ends in 2020, ends at the beginning, any serious commitment to the international goal of avoiding more than two degree warming has stronger action on renewable energy, energy efficiency and carbon pollution reductions accelerating after 2020,” concluded Connor.

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Kristina Stefanova, Communications Director, The Climate Institute,04 02 8239 6299

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