WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH, 2012 |
Victoria's Emissions Backflips Threaten Renewable Energy
The Victorian Government has reneged on election commitments of a 20% carbon
emission reduction target and capping emissions from new coal fired power
The carbon emissions reduction target has been slashed from 20 per cent to just
5 per cent.
The news comes just a week after The Age revealed the Baillieu government is
preparing a campaign to promote development of Victoria's
brown coal reserves
Brown coal features heavily in Victoria's energy mix and is one of the most
emissions-intensive forms of the fossil fuel. In 2009, greenhouse gas emissions
from energy industries contributed 56% (68.45 million tonnes of carbon dioxide
equivalent) of Victoria's net greenhouse gas emissions; with electricity
generation responsible for 95.3% of that figure.
Commenting on the emissions reduction target backflip, Environment Victoria said
the decision would also send clean energy investment and jobs interstate.
"With today’s decision the Baillieu Government has shown that either they
don't understand the threat climate change presents, or they are ignoring it.
Either way it’s an irresponsible decision environmentally and economically,"
stated Environment Victoria CEO Kelly O’Shanassy.
"Premier Baillieu has caved in to the demands of a handful of polluters
instead of acting to protect the environment and the public interest."
The Baillieu government claims following the 5 per cent target set by the
Federal Government will save Victorians $2 billion.
Just hours after the emissions target announcement, the government also reneged
on an election commitment to cap greenhouse gas emissions from new coal-fired
power plants according to The
Additionally, Victorian Climate Change Minister Ryan Smith said he would be
reviewing other state climate programs. The State Government is also examining
feed in tariffs paid to households installing solar
power systems in Victoria
Recent polling commissioned by Environment
found just 7 per cent of Victorians want more coal-fired power
stations while 78% wanted more renewable energy, and 82 per cent wanted more
support for energy efficiency.
While the Baillieu government may be turning its back on capping
emissions from new coal-fired power plants, the Obama administration has
effectively blocked the construction of any new plants by
introducing rules earlier today to slash emissions reports The
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