28 April 2010 – The Southern Cross Climate Coalition today said the shelving of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme would have negative impact on Australian business and jobs while competitors such as China, South Korea, and Europe forged ahead with clean energy policies.

Globally 150 new measures have been announced to reduce climate pollution, just since October and 32 countries now have emissions trading schemes. Around US $200 billion is expected to be invested in clean energy solutions, in 2010 the coalition said.

The coalition, comprising the Climate Institute, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Australian Council of Social Services, World Wildlife Fund and the Australian Conservation Foundation, said: “Shelving serious efforts to reduce Australia’s climate pollution diminishes the positive role that Australia can play in global climate negotiations which will ultimately increase climate and economic risk to the nation.”

It said that all political parties should revisit their policies to:

  • Turn around our still rising climate pollution in the life of the next Government (that is before 2013) and establish credible plans to achieve at least the 25 per cent reduction target by 2020.
  • Encourage investment, jobs and profits in clean energy and other climate solutions.
  • Make large companies responsible for their climate pollution by limiting and pricing emissions.
  • Implement a carbon price through an emission trading scheme in 2011 at the latest.
  • Ensure support for low income and vulnerable households as we move to put a price on climate pollution and experience greater climate change impacts.
  • Establish additional incentives for companies to overcome non-price barriers to invest in large scale investment in clean energy technologies, jobs and industries.
  • Help households and businesses use energy more efficiently so the whole economy can catch up with other countries that are doing more to avoid costly energy wastage.

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