Farmers call for groundwater protection in ALP’s new energy policy

22 November 2018. Farmers have called on all sides of politics to strengthen their response to climate change in the wake of the release of ALP’s new energy policy.

The ALP announced today a target of 50% renewables and 45% reduction in emissions (from 2005 levels) by 2030 from the electricity sector.

Farmers for Climate Action Chief Executive Officer Verity Morgan-Schmidt welcomed the announcement but warned stronger targets and efforts were needed to rapidly drive a clean energy transition.

“Agriculture is already doing its part to address emissions. It is essential that the bulk of emissions reductions comes from the energy sector.

“In the face of drought, water security is at the forefront of most farmers’ minds. We need policy that also moves beyond thermal coal and CSG extraction to protect our resources.”

Crookwell sheep farmer Charlie Prell urged all sides of politics to cast ideology aside and deliver robust, evidence-based policy in the lead up to the Federal election.

“With drought and other extreme weather events intensifying, farmers are already on the front line of climate change. It’s time to accept the scientific evidence, see what’s happening on the ground, and take meaningful action to alter our emissions trajectory by dramatically reducing these emissions” Mr Prell said.

“We have the technology and capacity to rapidly deliver a clean energy transition, while reaping significant benefits for rural and regional areas. This inevitable transition to renewable energy is already happening. We need to ensure that the regions capture their fair share of the benefits it is bringing. Instead of resisting this transition, we should be embracing it."

“We need leaders with the ambition and vision to aim high, embrace innovation and take regional Australia forward.”