Jeff Angel: Emissions trading scheme helps big polluters to pollute more at a lower cost

5 August 2009 – Total Environment Centre, Australian Conservation Foundation, WWF Australia, CHOICE and the Alternative Technology Association have thrown their weight behind a new campaign to stop the carbon pollution reduction scheme ignoring the greenhouse gas savings  of GreenPower and alternative energy users.

Director of the TEC Jeff Angel today said the current design of the CPRS would undermine a set of green industries worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

“Under Rudd government policies household action is helping the big polluters to pollute more at a lower cost, instead of helping reduce the threat of climate change, Mr Angel said.

The purchase of GreenPower, carbon offsets, and the installation of small-scale renewable energy (such as rooftop solar and solar hot-water systems), save households six million tonnes a year  in greenhouse gas emissions and support economic activity of around $150 million each year, Mr Angel said.

“This is disgraceful when Australians have shown they are unequivocally committed to reducing their greenhouse emissions.”

Yesterday, The Fifth Estate, reported calls by the Alternative Technology Association for the federal government to stand by its commitment to include the carbon saving contribution of households, businesses and community organisations in the design of the carbon pollution reduction scheme. See the story

The current design of the scheme, due to go before Parliament on 11 August, ignores the contribution of nearly one million Australians, ATA energy policy manager, Damien Moyse, said today.

“The government has failed to deliver on its May announcement that the contribution households, businesses and community organisations make to reducing Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions would be included in the CPRS,” Mr Moyse said.

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