A limit and price on pollution

Australia's greenhouse pollution is still rising, at a time when climate change is hurting ordinary Australians and changing our water, weather and ecosystems irrevocably.The Clean Energy Future package, created in 2011, was a good first step, but Australia has yet to make new international commitments to actually start reducing our pollution levels. The longer we leave it, the harder it becomes and the worse the effects our kids and grandkids have to deal with. In 2012, Australia needs to commit to reducing its greenhouse gas pollution enough to play our fair part of global efforts to prevent global warming rising above 2 degrees. That means changing our electricity sector, our metal and manufacturing industries, stopping landclearing and savannah burning, and stopping the aggressive expansion of the coal and gas export industries.

The Clean Energy Future package of legislation was passed in the Senate without amendment on 8 November 2011, marking a historic day for Australia and concluding a roller-coaster campaign of many years duration. We at CANA are very proud to have worked along side so many of you to help bring about this important first step for Australia on climate change.

CANA has background summaries for you to download to use at stalls and in your local groups.

Sheet 1: Summary of the Clean Energy Future package. (.doc file)

Sheet 2: Will it reduce greenhouse pollution?(.doc file)

Sheet 3: Will it help expand renewable energy? (.doc file)

Sheet 4: What's in it for regional Australia? (.doc file)

Sheet 5: Summary of household impacts (.doc file)

In March 2011, CANA developed three key tests for the pollution price package. 

First: The current parliament must ensure that Australia’s emissions peak and begin to decline by 2013.

Second: The price mechanism must be part of a package that ensures transformation of the entire economy, including policies that promote energy efficiency, prevent new coal-fired power stations and encourage large scale investment in land-sector abatement and large-scale renewable technologies.

Third: The package must ensure that Australia can meet its international obligations to reduce emissions by 25% by 2020 and provide its share of climate finance.

You can see CANA's initial analysis of how the Clean Energy Future package stacks up against these tests here. (.doc file)


The Exposure Draft legislation for the Clean Energy Future package is available from the Department of Climate Change website.

You can also read plain language summaries of the package and use the calculator to see what kind of tax-cuts you'll be getting here.

You can read CANA's submission to the Exposure Draft legislation here (.doc file)

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