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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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
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.
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.
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: