Government and Business SA will work together to help individual firms or industries draw up an emissions agreements
Posted by gmarkets on 19 September, 2007
Business leaders and the South Australian State Government have signed a groundbreaking climate change agreement aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions, reported The Advertiser (6/9/07, p. 9).
Formal mechanism for reduction introduced: It would help the Government sign voluntary agreements with small and medium-sized businesses to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Premier Mike Rann told a Business SA Climate Change luncheon on 5 September that new legislation provided a formal mechanism under which practical changes to greenhouse gas emissions could be achieved.
Voluntary individual sector agreements: SA’s climate change legislation aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60 per cent of the 1990 greenhouse gas levels by 2050. Rann said the agreement with Business SA would allow “voluntary sector agreements” under which individual businesses or entire industries entered into an agreement with the Government to:
• cut or limit their own emissions;
• mitigate the effects of their emissions;
• reduce energy use;
• promote renewable energy;
• foster research, development; and
• encourage innovative technologies and practices.
Cooperative agreements: “Under the agreement, the Government and Business SA will work together to help individual firms or industries draw up an emissions agreements and help them calculate the greenhouse emissions footprint created by the goods or services they produce,” he said.
The Advertiser, 6/9/2007, p. 9