Plan needed to guide switch from coal to clean: ACF

ACF-Top10PollutersThe federal government must start planning how it is going to retire the most polluting and outdated coal plants and replace them with clean energy, the Australian Conservation Foundation concludes in a new report looking at the country’s biggest polluters.

Australia’s Top 10 Climate Polluters examines the ten companies that are responsible for nearly one third of Australia’s greenhouse pollution. Most of this pollution is generated through their production and use of energy.

‘The problem isn’t electricity, which is an essential service we all use, but the way most of our electricity is generated in Australia,’ said ACF’s president Geoff Cousins.

‘Some of Australia’s coal-fired power plants are highly polluting, inefficient old rust buckets that are well past their use-by dates.

‘Hazelwood in Victoria, AGL’s Lidell in NSW and Callide A in Queensland are all more than 40 years old. In fact Hazelwood, owned by GDF Suez, was once rated the dirtiest power station in the developed world.

‘The most polluting, outdated coal plants should be retired and replaced with clean energy – data from the Energy Supply Association shows wind and solar projects already identified could provide a quarter of Australia’s forecast electricity demand by 2023-24.

‘Instead of supporting clean energy in this country, the Abbott government is trying to water down the renewable energy target.

‘This will only serve to entrench big coal, limit jobs and investment in clean alternatives and will ultimately increase electricity prices.

‘A 2014 report by ACF, the Climate Institute and WWF-Australia, based on modelling by Jacobs, showed weakening the RET would benefit the owners of polluting coal power plants, at the expense of households.

‘We hope this [new] report prompts the federal government to start listening to the needs of all Australians, including future generations, not just to the big polluters.’

One response to “Plan needed to guide switch from coal to clean: ACF”

  1. Roger Graf says:

    The question which needs to be raised by the future generations is; will you as the tax payer pay for the damage to infrastructure and insurance premiums which is a result of global warming due to increase carbon emission?

    Is it a responsibility of polluter’s to pay their way for repair and damage as a result of continual increases of global warming emission?

    Will the consumer take responsibility of ‘increase price’ by utilities due to the usage of carbon emission by those generating the emission?

    What is wrong with the government to support such archaic thinking to pave the way for coal fired utilities into the future. Jobs, jobs, jobs! I’m sure that we could as a society find other employable areas for the people becoming redundant due to carbon emission?

    It saddens me that the present generation will be labelled as ‘having our heads in a bucket of sand’ when the future generations see such unproportioned damage caused by greed for a furthering economy at any cost to society and in particular, to nature.

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