Environment Victoria welcomes Federal Labor’s commitment to a renewable energy target of 50% by 2030 – a significant and necessary increase from the 14% of electricity currently supplied by renewable energy.
Environment Victoria’s Safe Climate Campaign Manager Dr Nicholas Aberle today said:
“The ALP’s proposed policies on renewable energy and climate change are a welcome statement of ambition and stand in stark contrast to the position of the Abbott Government.
“A target of 50% renewable energy by 2030 will modernise our ageing and polluting electricity system and create thousands of jobs across regional Australia.
“Repeated surveys show that the vast majority of Australians want more renewable energy. Labor’s targets would bring us into line with other countries around the world on renewable energy and make an enormous difference to our carbon pollution.
“Tony Abbott removed a carbon price that was reducing emissions from electricity and he has sought at every turn to demolish renewable energy – the very industry that Australia needs most to combat climate change.
“If Tony Abbott wants to be taken seriously at the next election, he needs to prove to voters that he recognises the seriousness of climate change and the opportunities of renewable energy. Current Coalition policies fall hopelessly short of this mark.
For comment or further information:
Dr Nicholas Aberle, Safe Climate Campaign Manager, Environment Victoria – 0402 512 121