Australia could learn from Asia on climate action Media Release

Apr 09, 2014 - 7:00am

The Climate Institute today urged the Prime Minister and political and business leaders travelling with him to China, Japan and South Korea to open their eyes to accelerating Asian action on carbon and clean energy, as it released a factsheet outlining the climate action taking place in those countries. 

“Asia is on the move, and is becoming the global epicentre of clean energy investment and carbon market development, with China in particular stepping up its efforts in climate and clean energy leadership,” said John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute. 

“These nations are concerned about pollution, energy security and climate change as well as having an eye to the economic opportunities in the growing global low-carbon economy.” 

The Climate Institute’s factsheet outlines that:
  • In China, carbon markets are rolling out while investment in solar and wind soars. 
  • In  Japan, strong support for solar is complemented by major efforts to boost energy productivity.
  • In South Korea, preparations continue for the launch of a national emission trading scheme by next January. 
Connor said: “All of these moves undermine the Australian government’s claim that Australia does not need to take more ambitious action to keep up with the rest of the world.”

“The independent Climate Change Authority has already noted that Australia’s minimum 5 per cent carbon reduction target is out of step with international action and has warned Australia’s fair share requires no less than a 19 per cent target in 2020 and up to a 60 per cent target in 2030.”

“It is  increasingly clear that Asia recognises that 21st-century prosperity depends on reducing carbon and air pollution, building a clean energy supply and getting as much out of its energy use as it can.”

“This approach puts in stark contrast the Australian government’s intention to repeal the clean energy laws and its erratic approach to renewable energy, which is deterring investment and jeopardising jobs.”

For more information on climate action around the world, please see The Climate Institute’s interactive global climate action map

For more information 
Kristina Stefanova, Communications Director, The Climate Institute,  02 8239 6299
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