The Nature Conservation Council of NSW has welcomed today’s climate agreement
announcement as an historic first step in the right direction for reducing the nation’s carbon
pollution and kick starting new investment in clean energy.
“The carbon price, combined with unprecedented investment in renewable energy, will drive
an economic revolution, placing our nation on the path to a clean energy future,” Chief
Executive Officer Pepe Clarke said today.
“For the first time, the hidden costs of carbon pollution will show up on the bottom line of the
country’s big polluters. There will finally be a real incentive for 500 of our biggest polluters to
make the shift towards cleaner, more efficient ways of doing business.
“The injection of $2 billion per year for five years for clean energy initiatives will help unlock
private investment and jobs growth in renewable energy generation, utilising our world‐class
solar and wind resources.
“Investment in renewables will be complemented by a national biodiversity fund that will help
protect and restore carbon rich natural ecosystems, including native forests, and the essential
services that they provide, like clean air, pure water and wildlife habitat.
“The Nature Conservation Council of NSW calls on our political leaders at all levels to
rise above the politics of fear and take the real action needed to build a low pollution, clean
energy economy for our nation,” he said.