The scientific evidence is clear. The present and future rise in global temperatures is significant and today’s emissions will affect the climate for decades to come. There is an environmental imperative to act but there is also an economic and social imperative.
Current economic growth patterns that are dependent on fossil fuels are environmentally unsustainable. Our pollution levels will continue to rise unless decisive action is taken to drive long-term change in the way we produce and use energy. So that our long-term development is sustainable and that Australia plays its role in an international agreement to reduce emissions to 450 parts per million or better (in line with the recommendations of the UN International Panel on Climate Change), a range of market and non-market measures are needed to change how we produce and use energy.