WWF: Climate Change Authority targets pave the way for strong global deal



Posted on 27 February 2014
Solar thermal electric panels at the EU research centre, Almeiria, Andalucia. Spain.
Solar thermal electric panels at the EU research centre, Almeiria, Andalucia. Spain.
© Claire Doole / WWF
WWF-Australia today said the Climate Change Authority’s final report on pollution reduction targets provides an opportunity for the Federal Government and the Opposition to commit to stronger targets to pave the way for a strong global deal.

WWF-Australia’s Climate Change National Manager Kellie Caught said there was no time to waste.

“The Prime Minister has previously indicated he would wait until late 2015 to make a decision on targets, but WWF believes that would hinder global negotiations, with world leaders meeting several times this year to discuss 2020 and 2030 targets,” Ms Caught said.

“The Climate Change Authority’s recommendation is an opportunity for the Government to revisit its approach on setting climate targets and the best policy to achieve them.

“Countries like the US, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and Germany for example have all committed to do more than Australia. Australia is at risk of being out of step and a laggard, but it’s not too late to change that.

“Mr Abbott now has an opportunity to this year commit to move to an unconditional 19% target and keep open the option of moving to 25%, which is the minimum needed to stay within our carbon budget.

“National polling done less than 5 months ago supports the CCA recommendations and shows the public supports a stronger target.1

“But worryingly the Government appears to be aiming to lock in an emissions reduction policy that many experts believe will struggle to even achieve 5% by 2020. It’s critical we get the policy setting right.

“If in 2015 Mr Abbott agrees to strengthen our 2020 target, the proposed Emission Reduction Fund (ERF) is unlikely to be able to meet it, and it certainly won’t be able to meet the 40-60% cuts recommended by 2030.

“Research by Vivid Economics and Monash University shows that with an internationally linked cap and trade scheme Australia can achieve a 25% by 2020 target while the economy continues to grow strongly.2

“There is no economic reason why we couldn’t have a stronger target. There is also public support and it would help achieve a stronger global deal to cut carbon pollution, which is in Australia’s national interest.

“Mr Abbott has the opportunity to help future proof Australia and our planet, and create a competitive low carbon economy. Strengthening our 2020 pollution reduction target is the first step, said Ms Caught.”

Interviews and images available upon request.

WWF-Australia contacts: Mark Symons, Communications Co-ordinator, 0400 985 571, msymons@wwf.org.au
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WWF-Australia today said the Climate Change Authority’s final report on pollution reduction targets provides an opportunity for the Federal Government and the Opposition to commit to stronger targets to pave the way for a strong global deal.

WWF-Australia’s Climate Change National Manager Kellie Caught said there was no time to waste.

“The Prime Minister has previously indicated he would wait until late 2015 to make a decision on targets, but WWF believes that would hinder global negotiations, with world leaders meeting several times this year to discuss 2020 and 2030 targets,” Ms Caught said.

“The Climate Change Authority’s recommendation is an opportunity for the Government to revisit its approach on setting climate targets and the best policy to achieve them.

“Countries like the US, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and Germany for example have all committed to do more than Australia. Australia is at risk of being out of step and a laggard, but it’s not too late to change that.

“Mr Abbott now has an opportunity to this year commit to move to an unconditional 19% target and keep open the option of moving to 25%, which is the minimum needed to stay within our carbon budget.

“National polling done less than 5 months ago supports the CCA recommendations and shows the public supports a stronger target.

“But worryingly the Government appears to be aiming to lock in an emissions reduction policy that many experts believe will struggle to even achieve 5% by 2020. It’s critical we get the policy setting right.

“If in 2015 Mr Abbott agrees to strengthen our 2020 target, the proposed Emission Reduction Fund (ERF) is unlikely to be able to meet it, and it certainly won’t be able to meet the 40-60% cuts recommended by 2030.

“Research by Vivid Economics and Monash University shows that with an internationally linked cap and trade scheme Australia can achieve a 25% by 2020 target while the economy continues to grow strongly.

“There is no economic reason why we couldn’t have a stronger target. There is also public support and it would help achieve a stronger global deal to cut carbon pollution, which is in Australia’s national interest.

“Mr Abbott has the opportunity to help future proof Australia and our planet, and create a competitive low carbon economy. Strengthening our 2020 pollution reduction target is the first step, said Ms Caught.”

Interviews and images available upon request.

WWF-Australia contacts:
Mark Symons, Communications Coordinator, 0400 985 571, msymons@wwf.org.au

1.http://awsassets.wwf.org.au/downloads/cl_amr_poll_targets_30oct13.pdf
2. http://www.wwf.org.au/our_work/people_and_the_environment/global_warming_and_climate_change/solutions/clean_and_renewable_energy/?7020/go-deeper-for-cheaper
Solar thermal electric panels at the EU research centre, Almeiria, Andalucia. Spain.
Solar thermal electric panels at the EU research centre, Almeiria, Andalucia. Spain.
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