Australia is nowhere near meeting its 2030 pollution reduction target, with rising emissions over the last year scuppering the country’s hopes of reducing its pollution levels.
Dozen of the nation’s leading climate and energy experts – including researchers, academics and former heads of energy companies – have signed a joint statement stressing the country’s dire environmental situation.
“The Federal Government has repeatedly tried to bamboozle us with numbers claiming that Australia is effectively tackling climate change, but ultimately the test is whether greenhouse gas pollution is going down fast enough. Unfortunately it is going up and up and up,” said Climate Councillor and former head of BP Australasia, Greg Bourne.
“Importantly, the Government’s latest announcements are unlikely to make a significant difference. Pollution has increased year on year under the Government’s recently re-badged Emissions Reduction Fund. This is a failed policy because it does not effectively tackle pollution from fossil fuels, which contribute the lion’s share to the climate problem,” said Bourne.
The joint statement comes after recent government data showed a 0.9 percent increase to the nation’s emissions levels in the year ending September 2018.
“Climate change is a becoming an economic wrecking ball and it’s already having an impact. We’re witnessing extreme heat that cripples infrastructure, sea level rise that’s making coastal properties uninsurable and bushfires that turn World Heritage rainforests into ashes,” said Climate Councillor, Professor Will Steffen.
“We need stronger national targets and policy on climate change in order to protect our environment and keep our economy strong,” said Professor Steffen.