The Southern Cross Climate Coalition (SCCC) has released a new policy platform urging the government to address Australia’s dependence on carbon-intensive and polluting technologies.
The SCCC, an alliance formed by unions, research groups, and community organisations, argues in its Productivity, Fairness and Sustainable Climate Action report that economic and employment growth are tied to greening the economy.
Ged Kearney, president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (a SCCC member), says that low carbon and energy-efficient technologies are vital for job growth in new and traditional industries, according to Business Spectator.
The policy platform suggests that Australia needs to begin developing and implementing policies that will help cap climate change at two degrees Celsius or less. Such policies need to cover everything from lowering emissions and improving energy efficiency, to industry development and measures for mitigating climate change and its effects.
The SCCC’s report argues that improving carbon productivity will allow Australia to retain its competitiveness and to take advantage of the economic opportunities presented by climate change.