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Low Pollution Future, Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Welcomed by the Release of the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook by Treasurer Wayne Swan.

Canberra, ACT (News4us.com) November 10, 2010

Low Pollution Future, Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Welcomed by the Release of the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook by Treasurer Wayne Swan.

Low Pollution Future, Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Welcomed by the Release of the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook by Treasurer Wayne Swan.

Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Greg Combet and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Mark Dreyfus today welcomed the release of the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook by Treasurer Wayne Swan.

Climate change is of major importance to Australia and the Government is determined to respond in a swift and coordinated way as we move towards our low pollution future.

Today’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook confirms the Government is delivering on election promises to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, and by working towards the introduction of a price on carbon.

This is being achieved within the constraints of responsible budgeting and our commitment to return the budget to surplus.

The introduction of a price on carbon is an essential economic reform that will help Australian business, industry and communities to combat the future challenges of climate change.

Government climate change initiatives with funding allocated in the 2010-11 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook released today include:

  • Funding of $45.6 million over four years for the Carbon Farming Initiative to develop methods for Australian farmers, forest growers and landholders to generate credits that can be sold in domestic and international carbon markets, receiving income for taking action to reduce Australia’s carbon emissions.
  • The $80 million Low Carbon Communities program to assist local councils and communities to reduce carbon emissions and energy costs through energy efficient upgrades to community facilities, street lighting and council buildings. The program will also support investment in co-generation facilities.
  • Implemention of Tax Breaks for Green Buildings, at a total cost of $150 million over four years and estimated at around $1 billion over the life of the scheme. Through this measure, businesses that retrofit certain commercial buildings to significantly improve energy efficiency between 1 July 2011 and 30 June 2015 will be able to apply for a one off bonus tax deduction.
  • $5.2 million over two years to establish the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee to examine options for the introduction of a carbon price and assist in building community consensus for action on climate change.
  • $5.6 million over four years to establish the Climate Change Commission, which will provide an independent source of information and expert advice to explain the science of climate change, report on the progress of international action and explain how a carbon price would impact the Australian economy.

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