REDUCING AUSTRALIA’S EMISSIONS
Australian Government’s targets are equivalent to a reduction in every Australian’s carbon footprint of nearly one third to one half.
The Australian Government is strongly committed to reducing Australia’s carbon pollution.
If Australia takes no action by 2020 our carbon pollution could be 20 per cent higher than in 2000, not 5 to 25 per cent lower as the Australian Government intends. The Australian Government’s targets are equivalent to a reduction in every Australian’s carbon footprint of nearly one third to one half.
To help achieve our ambitious targets of lowering these emissions, the Australian Government is developing and putting in place the policies we need through Clean Energy Future to support Australian businesses and households reduce their carbon pollution, to create the new green-collar jobs of the future and to transform our economy.
Investing in clean energy
The Australian Government is investing more than $5 billion in developing and commercialising clean energy technologies because we know these technologies will be crucial for Australia’s efforts to reduce its carbon pollution emissions. These technologies will also be important to the rest of the world as they also need to reduce their carbon pollution.
The plan to move to a Clean Energy Future will cut pollution by at least five per cent compared with 2000 levels by 2020—which will require cutting net expected pollution by at least 23 per cent in 2020—and 80 per cent below 2000 levels by 2050.
The comprehensive plan also aims to introduce a carbon price and invest billions of dollars in renewable energy. It includes transforming the energy sector away from high polluting sources such as brown coal and storing carbon in the land through better land management strategies.
Supporting business to take action
The Australian Government is helping Australian businesses take action to reduce their emissions. For example, through Clean Energy Future opportunities will open up in existing businesses as they move to operating in a clean energy future. Many businesses will invest in new technology to generate less pollution and become more efficient. Jobs will also be created in new clean industries such as renewable energy generation, carbon farming and sustainable design, to name just a few.
To help businesses pay for energy efficiency improvements that will save time and money the Australian Government is establishing the Australian Carbon Trust. The trust will bring together public and private funding, innovative business approaches and technical knowledge to help business and community groups invest in energy efficiency and reduce emissions.
The Australian Government also recognises the importance of training Australians so they are ready to join the new clean industries and take up the new green-collar jobs of the future. Skills for the Carbon Challenge will help develop and trial training resources and qualifications that teach green skills and sustainability principles across a number of industries.
Supporting households to take action
Australian households are directly responsible for about one fifth of Australia’s carbon pollution. Households and individuals have an important role to play in combating climate change. The Australian Government is investing in helping Australians change the way we act to help reduce carbon pollution.
Through Clean Energy Future, over half the money raised from the carbon price will be used to assist households. Nine in ten households will receive a combination of tax cuts and payments to help with the costs of the carbon price.
The National Strategy on Energy Efficiency will also help Australians choose energy efficient appliances, homes and buildings, and make residential and commercial buildings more energy efficient.