Environment Victoria will join Friends of the Earth and over 100 passionate clean energy supporters in a rally outside the COAG meeting in Melbourne today.
As State Energy Ministers enter the meeting to discuss the Federal Government’s National Energy Guarantee, the group will send a strong message that Victorians will only accept an energy policy ensuring increased investment in clean energy and that ensures Australia meets the Paris Agreement and limits global warming to less than 2 degrees.
“Daniel Andrews cannot accept the National Energy Guarantee with its inadequate pollution reduction targets. This policy will not deliver the clean, cheap power and secure and safe energy future Victorians want,” said Environment Victoria CEO Mark Wakeham.
“On behalf of all Victorians, we urge the Premier to stand up for renewables in our State to secure Victoria’s clean energy future.
“Australia needs to significantly increase investment in clean energy and cut climate pollution in line with the Paris Agreement and Victoria should not sign up to a plan that falls short.
“Victoria has all the right ingredients to secure our international reputation in clean energy and high-tech renewable industries. Our Premier must not sign this away by supporting the National Energy Guarantee.
“Daniel Andrews needs to encourage jobs and investment in clean energy. We’ve got 9000 renewables jobs in the pipeline. Signing off on the NEG would jeopardise Victorian jobs and slow down clean energy,” said Mr Wakeham.
Environment Victoria has identified 3 key issues to look out for regarding the COAG Energy Council meeting:
1. Will Federal and State ministers agree to progress a National Energy Guarantee that boosts clean energy investment across Australia?
2. Will ministers agree to ensure emissions targets can be ratcheted up as needed to limit global warming?
3. Does the policy set a floor not a ceiling on ambition? If states aim higher than Federal targets are they penalised?
Mark Wakeham, Environment Victoria CEO
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