Sep 15, 2015 - 12:01am
The Climate Institute today urged the new Turnbull government to make climate and energy policy central to its plan to modernise the economy.
“All parties and all leaders who say they are serious about climate change need a plan for the modernisation and decarbonisation of our economy,” said John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute.
“Global investments in clean electricity now outstrip global investments in unabated fossil fuels. Modern economies increasingly see reducing their dependence on polluting industries as central to future prosperity."
“Failure to catch up with other nations risks leaving our pollution intensive economy outdated and vulnerable to global investment trends. Not having a plan for decarbonisation means not having a plan for our economy and not having a plan for the future.”
“Neither major party in Australia currently has a clear plan for decarbonisation, this political moment offers an opportunity for a fresh bipartisan approach to climate policy but it can’t be one with piecemeal measures.”
“As our recent Galaxy research showed, Australians are supporting stronger climate action and recognise that tackling climate change creates opportunities for new jobs and investment.”
Climate of the Nation 2015 polling from late July found 71 per cent of Australians agreed “tackling climate change creates opportunities for new jobs and investment and renewable energy”. About the same proportion (72 per cent) agreed that governments need to implement a plan to ensure the orderly closure of old coal plants and their replacement with clean energy.
“Australian climate, clean energy and carbon policy discussions have been caught in deep division for too long and it is important to understand that in 2015 those divisions aren’t as deep in the broader Australian community.”
“As the developed country most exposed to climate impacts, it is in Australia’s interests to take effective action that transforms our pollution intensive economy to one that harnesses our abundant opportunities in renewables and climate solutions.”
“We look forward to working with the government and all significant political parties in growing a resilient Australia prospering in a zero carbon global economy while fully and fairly participating in international climate change solutions,” concluded Connor.
For more information
Kristina Stefanova | Communications Director, The Climate Institute | 02 8239 6299