FCA Response to the 2017 Climate Policy Review

FCA’s Response to the Climate Policy Review - 19th December 2017

Farmers for Climate Action welcomes the final report of the 2017 Climate Policy Review, released this week alongside an overdue report card on Australia’s emissions.

Chief Executive Officer, Verity Morgan-Schmidt says The Climate Policy Review paints a rosy picture of Australia’s progress towards our Paris emissions reductions targets, but the devil is in the detail.

“The Quarterly Update of Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, which was released today, revealed a 0.7% increase in emissions between June 2016-June 2017. This proves the current policies are not working, and is the third year in a row in which emissions have increased,” Ms Morgan-Schmidt said.

“To claim this as a policy success is at best misleading, and at worst downright irresponsible.”

“Farmers are on the frontline of climate change, and we urgently need stable and cohesive climate and energy policy.”

“What we don’t need is delays in releasing critical data, and political games as farmers across the east coast are suffering through a heatwave.”

Speaking from a sweltering shearing shed, Crookwell sheep farmer, Charlie Prell said, “We had functional policies in place, including the Renewable Energy Target which was cutting Australia’s emissions and driving investment in clean energy technologies.”

“Farmers, and renewable energy companies need policy certainty and all Australians need our Government to take meaningful action on climate change.”

Farmers for Climate Action welcomes the commitment to consider the findings of the recent inquiry into the Emissions Reduction Fund as the centrepiece to Australia’s current climate policy.

“The ERF is a positive step in the right direction, but abatement alone is insufficient to adequately address the climate challenges facing Australian farmers.” Ms Morgan-Schmidt said.

“Farmers and rural Australia need bipartisan support for a meaningful long term emissions reductions strategy to protect our rural industries from the impacts of climate change”