Reducing carbon pollution at the ‘click of a mouse’ Media Release

Nov 13, 2008 - 1:00am

The Climate Institute today released an interactive modelling tool that enables Australians to design their own schemes for reducing the country’s carbon footprint.

The Australian Emissions Reduction Model allows users to set their own targets for reducing emissions by 2020 and then to select options for reducing emissions – this could include boosting energy efficiency, switching to clean energy, adjusting farming practices and reducing land clearing.

“While aimed at policy makers, the accessibility of the model provides everyone with a window into some of the key choices that the Government faces in its approach to building a vibrant low carbon economy,” John Connor, Climate Institute CEO said.

Importantly, the Model estimates the cost of each abatement action, allowing the most cost-effective options to be identified.

The Model draws on the best available data to create realistic and achievable scenarios for tackling climate change in Australia. Developed by McLennan Magasanik Associates (MMA) in partnership with The Climate Institute, the Model provides a new and comprehensive tool to assess Australia’s potential to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

“The model shows that Australia can reduce its carbon pollution by at least 25 per cent off 1990 levels by 2020 with smart policies and investments,” Mr Connor said.

"Yet the model also confirms that scientifically credible targets won’t be delivered by the Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme alone. A range of additional measures are needed particularly strong energy efficiency measures which could deliver more than a third of emissions reductions at a net saving to the economy.”

For example, the model shows that concerted action to improve energy efficiency in the residential and commercial sectors alone could reduce emissions by around 72 million tonnes a year by 2020 – which is equivalent to taking all of Australia’s cars off the road. Improving energy efficiency would at the same time save the economy almost $4 billion annually.

Separate Climate Institute estimates based on the model also confirm that cutting emissions by 25% below 1990 levels by 2020 would stimulate new clean energy investment, generating between 20,000 and 40,000 jobs over next decade.1

Earlier this week the Climate Institute released a Policy Paper on Australia’s Energy Efficiency Strategy which was backed by business, welfare, labour and environmental groups.

“Cutting our carbon pollution by at least 25% off 1990 levels by 2020 is not only achievable, it’s vital to our credibility in upcoming global climate talks. Anything less would return Australia to the climate laggard role we have just shrugged off,” Mr Connor said.

 1 Conservative estimates prepared for The Climate Institute project that investing in energy efficiency and clean energy could generate close to 20,000 direct jobs by 2020. A KPMG proposal to rollout energy efficiency measures to 3.5 million households predicts that up to 40,000 direct and indirect jobs could be created over a seven year period (see:   
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