Three things I learned today
Three things I learned today (but not from the Herald Sun)
- Australia is the worst performer out of 57 countries on climate change.
- The Coalition could not care less about the UN climate talks.
- If the Coalition did nothing but leave the current ETS legislation in place, Australia’s emissions would reduce 15% by 2020.
The worst of 57
On the 18th November, GermanWatch published The Climate Change Performance Index 2014 – A comparison of the 58 top CO2 emitting nations.
The Climate Change Performance Index is an instrument supposed to enhance transparency in international climate politics. Its aim is to encourage political and social pressure on those countries which have, up to now, failed to take ambitious actions on climate protection as well as to highlight countries with best-practice climate policies. On the basis of standardised criteria, the index evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of 58 countries that are, together, responsible for more than 90 percent of global energy-related CO2 emissions. 80 percent of the evaluation is based on objective indicators of emissions trend and emissions level. 20 percent of the index results are built upon national and international climate policy assessments by more than 200 experts from the respective countries.
It ranked Australia 57/58, saying “The policy evaluation in particular was much worse than in previous years. One important reason is the turnaround in installing a carbon levy and trade system.”
Coalition contempt for UN talks
MacroBusiness reported on the bad behaviour of Australian delegates at the international climate change talks in Warsaw, saying “The Australian delegation was accused of blocking all avenues of agreement, placing brackets around any text that was approaching consensus and, worst of all – of wearing t-shirts, “giggling”, and of being “cavalier and insensitive.””
Leaving the ETS alone
The Climate Institute (that’s another one of those annoying green bodies the Coalition wants to repeal) has recently reported on emission caps. As BusinessSpectator reports:
“The emissions trading scheme implemented by the prior Labor Government requires that by May 2014 the government propose to parliament regulations specifying what emissions caps will apply under the scheme, otherwise default levels of emission reductions are triggered.
The Climate Institute suggests the default emission reductions specified in the legislation would reduce Australia’s emissions by around 15 per cent on 2000 levels by 2020 – overall six times more than previously estimated under the proposed Direct Action Plan and at little extra cost.”
The most constructive thing the Coalition can do right now to address climate change? Shut up, stay home and do nothing.