Premier Hodgman joining his federal counterparts' ranks on exempting major emitters from the Renewable Energy Target (RET) is not surprising but shows a lack of commitment to reducing greenhouse emissions in Tasmania, Greens Climate Change spokesperson, Cassy O'Connor MP said today.
"The Premier acknowledged Tasmania's nation-leading performance on renewable energy today, by announcing his intention to compromise that by supporting the exemption of the aluminium industry from the RET.”
"Despite acknowledging the hard work of industry in reducing emissions, Premier Hodgman has jumped on the anti-climate bandwagon steered so proudly by his federal colleagues.”
"Tasmania's aluminium industry has worked hard over more than a decade to lower its emissions and has been successful in significantly improving the energy efficiency of its Georgetown operation.”
"Instead of giving a sweeping exemption to a single industry, governments state and federal should commit to working with our big emitters to ensure positive gains continue to be achieved.”
"The Liberal's lack of climate understanding and vision on transitioning to a low carbon economy fails future generations."
"The Abbott-Hodgman agenda now threatens to overwhelm existing good practice within the 'big-emitter' sector of Tasmania," Ms O'Connor said.