More gases than policies will stop
October 26, 2007
No matter which party wins the election, greenhouse gas emissions are set to soar by about 20 per cent by the end of the next decade.
An analysis of the climate change policies of both sides of politics by the Climate Institute shows neither party has policies that will do anything other than slow the rate of growth of Australia's emissions.
Labor has committed itself to reducing greenhouse pollution by 60 per cent by 2050, but it has not set an interim target or given any timetable for how it will reach those reductions. The Government has not set any targets.
The institute's modelling shows that under Government policies released emissions would rise by 20.8 per cent by 2020. Under Labor they would rise by 18.5 per cent.
It shows Labor's plans to increase energy efficiency and increase the installation of solar hot water systems are the policies which will deliver the greatest reductions. Third on the list is the Government's policy to end the use of incandescent light bulbs.