Climate change is a serious threat to our environment and the economy. All levels of government in Australia must take real action to dramatically decrease greenhouse gas pollution. Taking action to reduce carbon pollution offers exciting opportunities for modernising the energy sector by encouraging innovative technology development, new investment and the realisation of future-thinking energy supply and demand options.
Despite the adoption of a long‐term emissions reduction target, action by the NSW government has, to date, proven inadequate. NSW's carbon pollution continues to climb. Current proposals to approve two new polluting power stations and establish a state‐run coal mine to provide heavily subsidised coal for polluting power stations are both reckless and hypocritical.
Strategic investment is needed now to meet future demand through energy efficiency measures, new demand management policies and renewable energy generation to eventually replace coal power.