Higher carbon, fewer jobs - Climate Authority gets it wrong

Posted on 19 December 2012  | 
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WWF-Australia today called on the Australian Government to ignore the Climate Change Authority’s recommendation to NOT increase the Renewable Energy Target.

A recent report by AECOM found the $10 billion to be invested under the Clean Energy Finance Corporation could lead to 37% more large-scale renewables, 5,000 more jobs, and substantially less emissions, but only if the Renewable Energy Target is increased. This would be at potentially no cost to the consumer.

“Today’s decision to not increase the target defies logic, WWF-Australia spokesperson Kellie Caught said.

“This is a missed opportunity for industry, government, the environment and consumers.

“If it won’t cost us extra, why wouldn’t we opt to increase the target? It will mean more jobs, less emissions at no cost.”

“If you’re at the supermarket and on the shelf are two boxes of cereal for the same price, but one has 15% more, you choose the bigger one.

“In this tight fiscal environment, the Government needs to get bigger bang for their buck.

Ms Caught said the Government would be fiscally and environmentally silly to adopt the recommendation to delay considering to increase the RET target to 2016, if at all.

“By not increasing the target out to 2030 we are essentially putting the brakes on the renewable sector in 2020. Why invest in a growing industry that is vital to our future only to abandon it in 8 years' time?

“Getting more from less is something that all politicians, businesses and the public would support.

“Not only is it good policy, but it is vital to helping protect precious wildlife and places like the Great Barrier Reef from the impacts of climate change.”



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WWF-Australia media contact:

Daniel Rockett: Senior Media Officer, WWF-Australia, 0432 206 592, drockett@wwf.org.au

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