Commenting on today’s carbon price announcement, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed the introduction of a price on carbon as an important step towards transforming the NSW economy and creating long term sustainable jobs growth and investment in the renewable energy sector.
“This an opportunity to kickstart the transition to a clean energy future for NSW and create new jobs in renewable energy," Senator Rhiannon said.
"The scheme announced today sets up a price signal for cutting pollution while protecting NSW households from the impact of putting a price on carbon.
“It’s a very positive outcome for the country and the economic opportunities for NSW are far reaching, along with the benefits for our rich food producing lands and coastal environment.
“One of the achievements of this package is an ongoing fund to conserve biodiversity worth $948 million over the first six years.
"Burning native forests will no longer be eligible to count as renewable energy. This has particular significance for NSW southeast forests which are under threat from plans to use woodchips to generate power.
“The Greens have worked constructively with the government to achieve this historic outcome and I look forward to exploring the possibilities for the state in coming days.
"Scientific evidence points to the urgent need for action on climate change with many of the impacts already occurring at the upper end of projections made by the UN's International Panel on Climate Change," said Senator Rhiannon.