A Million Good Reasons To Recognise Emissions Cuts

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17 October 2009

A million good reasons to recognise emissions cuts

NATIONAL: The commitment of nearly a million households who voluntarily buy green power or

install solar panels to reduce their emissions needs to be better recognised in the design of a

national emissions trading scheme.

Clean Energy Council chief executive Matthew Warren said many Australians were already taking

steps to reduce their own carbon emissions and these cuts should be made in addition to any cap

set under a proposed carbon pollution reduction scheme (CPRS).

“Many Australians voluntarily buy green power and install solar panels because they want to make a

difference to Australia’s carbon emisisons. The danger is that the CPRS in its current form does not

reflect the importance of these actions and properly account for them, eroding the incentive for

customers to purchase clean energy,” he said.

GreenPower has been an important driver of additional renewable energy deployment since its

introduction in 1997. The government’s current proposal only acknowledges voluntary GreenPower

purchases above a baseline of 2009 sales, with a five year time lag in the tightening of caps.

Mr Warren said the CPRS cap should be tightened each year according to the amount of clean

energy bought or generated by these consumers, regardless of the 2009 baseline. 

Mr Warren said further delays to the CPRS only served to increase uncertainty for businesses and


“There is a lot of uncertainty in the clean energy sector at the moment as businesses watch and wait

for clarity on the shape of the carbon market in Australia,” Mr Warren said.

“The CPRS is not perfect, but let’s get a system in place as soon as possible and we can improve it

as we go.  The renewable energy target (RET) was a great example of collaboration between the two

major political parties, but we need an emissions trading scheme to recognise the environmental cost

of energy and drive instment in clean technology.

“We would like to see more of the bipartisan spirit that was evident in the passage of the RET to help

address one of the defining challenges of this generation.”

The clean energy industry also wants to see a significant proportion of the revenue from the auction

of carbon permits reinvested in research, development and demonstration for renewable energy and

energy efficiency technologies, including infrastructure and grid upgrades.

For media enquiries please call Mark Bretherton +61 413 556 981

The Clean Energy Council, the peak body for the clean energy sector, is working with all Australian

governments to ensure a secure and diversified energy sector; a reduction in energy waste including the

take up of solar water heating and insulation and more clean energy sources in our stationary energy mix

from solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, wave, bioenergy and gas.

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