Jul 16, 2010 - 1:29pm
Australia’s economy is currently too dependent on industries and technologies that cause pollution. The consequences of Australia’s dependence on pollution are not limited to climate change.
In 2003, more than 3,000 people prematurely lost their lives as a result of air pollution in Australian cities and towns. Many more suffer debilitating illness, sometimes chronic, with serious consequences for families, communities and productivity. Australia needs a plan to end our dependence on pollution and fast track a shift to a clean energy and low pollution economy.
This policy brief – based on a review of The Climate Institute’s proposed policies in light of the outcomes and lessons of events over the last three years – outlines the role that Federal Government should play in reducing our economy’s dependence on pollution and making clean energy cheaper.
This policy brief focuses on policies that cover the following three spheres:
1. Limiting and reducing pollution at home and internationally;
2. Making companies take responsibility for the pollution they create; and
3. Making clean energy cheaper.