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Clean Energy Council supports Climate Change Bill

The Clean Energy Council has joined over 100 organisations in support of the tabling of the Climate Change Bill by Zali Steggall MP, Independent for Warringah, in Federal Parliament.

Over the weekend The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian Financial Review published a joint letter signed by the Clean Energy Council along with our members Impact Investment Group and Tesla. Other signatories included Atlassian, the Australian Medical Association, WWF and Unilever.

The Climate Change Bill legislates net-zero emissions by 2050 and provides a straightforward bipartisan approach for addressing climate change impacts, with national risk assessment plans and an independent advisory commission to publicly advise on the best transition pathway. The Bill also adopts the government's Technology Investment Roadmap.

"A net-zero emissions target for 2050 will set a clear destination for Australia’s emissions reduction efforts in line with many of our international counterparts and provide much-needed clarity for investors making decisions about long-term infrastructure investments," said Clean Energy Council Chief Executive, Kane Thornton.

"Investor confidence that saw Australia become a runaway success when it comes to the development of renewable energy projects, growing at a per capita rate ten times faster than the world average, has been stymied by a lack of national policy, growing threats of government interference in the energy market and a range of out-of-date regulations.

"This letter is yet another example of organisations from right across the spectrum coming together to support an overarching policy that combines action on climate change with a change in the way Australia generates and uses electricity.

"Electricity generation is Australia's largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, and taking action now to accelerate the transition to a clean energy future will lessen the volatility in our climate.

"Taking action to lessen the impacts of global warming should not be dependent on political ideology."


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For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Jane Aubrey
Clean Energy Council Media Manager
[email protected]
+61 409 470 683