The commencement of the carbon price will unlock billions of dollars of investment in renewable energy, reducing pollution and delivering new employment opportunities for New South Wales, according to the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.
Sunday 1 July marked an historic step on Australia’s path to a clean energy economy”, said Pepe Clarke, Chief Executive Officer of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.
Putting a price on pollution will drive investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions, increasing productivity and creating new employment in regional areas.
Unlike coal and coal seam gas, renewable energy can meet our energy needs and create local employment without damaging the land and polluting our air and water.
Our organisation has a long and proud history of building community support for action on climate change and investment in renewable energy, he said.
We strongly support a move away from polluting fossil fuels towards a clean economy powered by renewable energy, and the price on carbon pollution will help drive that change.
There is strong public support for renewable energy. In recent months, we have been travelling around regional New South Wales, hearing from locals who are leading the way on clean energy.
The message we heard at our community forums was simple and clear: renewable energy makes sense. Power from the sun and wind is a viable alternative to polluting energy sources and delivers real benefits for regional communities, said Mr Clarke.
Community forums were held in Wollongong, Queanbeyan, Wagga Wagga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Newcastle.
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