A price on pollution

Standard Page - 11 January, 2012
The true cost of polluting coal energy – the cost to our climate, our ecosystems and our health – is currently not factored into energy prices. Putting a price on pollution is the vital first step on our journey towards a clean energy future.

The true cost of polluting coal energy – the cost to our climate, our ecosystems and our health – is currently not factored into energy prices. Putting a price on pollution is the vital first step on our journey towards a clean energy future.

If we don’t reduce our carbon pollution now, it will cost significantly more to our economy, our lifestyle and our environment in the long run. To kick-start this process we need to create an incentive to reduce carbon pollution – we need to put a price tag on it. Rewarding big businesses that cut pollution, and charging those that don’t, will provide incentives to shift to clean energy. The money raised by the price on pollution can be used to make clean energy bigger and cheaper and help households adjust to a low carbon economy.

Greenpeace joined a coalition of environmental, community and union groups to launch Say Yes Australia – a positive climate action campaign and drown out the naysayers. We launched a TV ad featuring Cate Blanchett, mobilised hundreds of thousands of Australians to join rallies and write letters and lobbied key politicians.

Our efforts were rewarded in November 2011 when the Australian Government passed the Clean Energy Future package, which will put a price on carbon pollution and commit revenue raised to build large-scale renewable energy projects.
Putting a price on carbon pollution is a good start to transition to a clean economy. But it’s just a start. With your help, we must now move quickly forward on our journey towards a true clean energy future.