The Victorian Wind Alliance has today welcomed calls by the Climate Change Authority to increase Australia’s greenhouse gas reduction target to at least 15 per cent by 2020.
The Authority recommends that for Australia to keep pace with other countries’ efforts, our existing emissions target of 5 per cent is ‘inadequate’.
VicWind spokesperson Andrew Bray said the call presents tremendous opportunities for the renewable sector, particularly wind energy.
“Wind energy is a win-win for regional Victoria, reaping the economic benefits of increased investment while lowering the climate risks of droughts and bushfires,” Mr Bray said.
“Wind energy cuts our emissions while guarding farms against future income shocks.
“It’s a pretty sensible response to this issue while at the same time bringing huge benefits to our regional farming communities.”
Mr Bray also expressed concern that the Victorian anti-wind laws introduced by former Premier Ted Baillieu are continuing to restrict development and put enormous pressure on the wind industry.
“These restrictive laws are putting farmers’ livelihoods and the local economy at risk,” Mr Bray said.
“We need rational planning laws and stable policies from governments and for wind developers to commit to maximising local jobs and investment.
“Victoria needs investment in clean wind energy, to protect and improve our local environment and make our contribution to protecting the global environment.”
VicWind brings together communities, businesses and individuals in Victoria who support more wind energy for our state.
MEDIA: Victorian Wind Alliance spokesperson Andrew Bray is available for comment on 0434 769 463.