[LINK] Australian Government Carbon Target Too Low
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Mon Dec 15 17:37:12 EST 2008
The Australian Government released its Carbon Pollution Reduction
Scheme White Paper today (15 December 2008):
<http://www.climatechange.gov.au/whitepaper/>. Buried down in the
detail is a CO2 reduction target of only 5 to 15 per cent below 2000
levels by the end 2020. This is much less than the 25% needed to
address climate change and is not an acceptable target, in my view.
Use of the Internet is integral to the trading scheme proposed by the
government (with "the Internet" and a "dynamic web interface"
mentioned in the body of the report. But I could find no mention of
how ICT could be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A reduction
of 15% could be made just through Green ICT initiatives alone, using
the techniques I will be teaching, in the ACS course starting 18
This is without the need to make major changes to industry or lifestyle.
The summary of the report is provided as a well formatted HTML page.
The detailed content of the report is in PDF and Ms-word. The Ms-Word
version seems superfluous and a HTML version of the report would be
far more useful (as was done with the Garnaut Climate Change Review
Final Report). There is some odd wording which says that "The PDF
version is the only legal version of the print version.". This may
make some sense to a lawyer, but not to anyone else. In contrast to
this the actual content of the report is very readable. For quick
links to the material see my blog:
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