Nov 09, 2011 - 3:00pmAustralia’s unique alliance of community, labour, environment and research groups, the Southern Cross Climate Coalition* (SCCC), has released key foundations and principles for an Australian Low Pollution, Clean Energy Economy.“Together our groups share a vision of sustainability, fairness and prosperity for all Australians and this requires achievement of key foundations and principles as we face up to the challenges of pollution and climate change.”As Federal Parliament’s Multi-Party Climate Change Committee gathers today for its second meeting and ahead of Government and Green roundtables, the SCCC released a statement: Stronger, Fairer, Healthier – Four Foundations for a Low Pollution, Clean Energy Economy. “While we look forward to discussion on the means to achieve a sustainable low pollution, clean energy economy, it is clear success will be built on four foundations:
- Reducing our economy’s dependence on pollution;
- Ensuring fair and inclusive action;
- Unlocking clean energy jobs, and;
- Strengthening international action.
The statement contains key principles that build on these foundations including:
- A national carbon pollution limit and pollution price legislated in 2011, commencing in 2012;
- Adequate levels of investment and support for low income and climate vulnerable households with strengthened energy efficiency programs to help minimise energy bills;
- Identification of new clean economic job and industry development opportunities and skills development, especially in carbon exposed and rural regional communities;
- Australia’s domestic pollution levels are declining by 2013 and are able to be reduced by at least 25 percent by 2020 (from 1990 levels) as our contribution to an ambitious international climate agreement.**
“Recent research and objective analysis shows that Australia is lagging competitors in pollution pricing and clean energy investments, further delay will not only mean increased pollution but loss of opportunities for Australia to prosper from its abundant clean energy resources.”
*The Southern Cross Climate Coalition is an alliance of The Australian Council of Social Service, The Australian Conservation Foundation, The Australian Council of Trade Unions and The Climate Institute.
**All SCCC members support developed countries as a group reducing emissions 25 to 40% by 2020. SCCC members have a variety of views on Australia’s final 2020 pollution target.
For further information:
John Connor | CEO, The Climate Institute |
Harriet Binet | Communications, The Climate Institute |
Giulia Baggio | ACTU |
Josh Meadows | Media Adviser, ACF |
Fernando de Freitas| ACOSS |