Labor to propose 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030

Labor to propose 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030

Labor has confirmed it will unveil a new climate change policy this week, with reports this morning suggesting it will include a beefed up renewable energy target.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will announce the policy at this weekend’s ALP national conference in Melbourne.

He has confirmed the policy will require half of Australia’s large scale energy production to be generated from renewable energy by 2030.

It comes as the Abbott government has so far failed to commit to a renewable energy target post 2020.

Mr Shorten says the difference between Labor and the Coalition on climate change could not be clearer.

“The rest of the world is already moving on renewable energy,” he said.

“You do no favours for the people of Australia, no favours to your own families and successive generations by saying we can’t do anything about climate change.”

It’s also believed the policy will include a promise by the party to never again introduce a fixed carbon price, instead opting for a market-price emissions trading scheme.

But Environment Minister Greg Hunt says the Labor’s party’s policy will still drive up electricity prices.

“They’ll call it an emissions trading scheme but it has exactly the same effect, in exactly the same way,” he said.

“One is a fixed price, one’s a floating price but they cover all of the electricity emissions in Australia – that means the price of electricity will go up.”

 

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