Australian news, and some related international items

Australia’s peak farming group asks govt to consider emissions trading scheme

Farmers back emissions trading scheme, THE AUSTRALIAN, , 7 Mar 17, Australia’s peak farming group has thrown its support behind a carbon price to fix the country’s energy woes, calling on the ­government to reconsider its ­opposition to an emissions ­intensity scheme in the electricity sector.

In its submission to the Finkel review of the Australian energy market, the National Farmers Federation has warned the agriculture sector is struggling without “secure, reliable and affordable” power supply and urges a bipartisan approach to energy policy.

NFF president Fiona Simson said the sector believed the cheapest path to a low-emissions future was “some form of market-based approach”, which could include an emissions intensity scheme.

“For us it is about having everything on the table; we certainly want security of supply, we want affordable power, we are technology neutral and we know we’re moving towards lower emissions,” Ms Simson said.

“It is just how we can actually put everything on the table to guarantee a long-term ­national plan facilitating a smooth, reliable transition to lower emissions generation.”……

The federal government has ruled out adopting an EIS.

Chief Scientist Alan Finkel is reviewing the national energy market and is expected to finalise his report to the Council of Australian Governments by mid-year.

The Australian Institute of ­Architects has told the review government needs to focus on the demand side of the energy equation, arguing that making changes to energy efficiency of buildings could deliver up to 28 per cent of the 2030 emissions reduction target and achieve $20 billion in energy savings.

“Buildings contribute to nearly half of the country’s electricity consumption and the building sector offers a great opportunity for more energy productivity gains,” said institute president Ken Maher.


March 8, 2017 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics

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