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Corbell signs us up to Paris emissions plan

By Charlotte Harper - 7 December 2015 19

Simon Corbell

In Paris for the COP21 United National climate change conference, ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell has signed a declaration that the ACT will work with states and regions from all over the world to reduce urban greenhouse gas emissions.

The commitment means the ACT will assist in reducing urban greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 gigatons annually by 2030, Mr Corbell announced today.

“By signing the Paris City Hall Declaration at today’s Climate Summit for Local Leaders at COP21, the ACT has committed to stand alongside a globally significant community of leaders to deliver real climate change reduction by filling the gaps left by shortcomings in national commitments,” Mr Corbell said.

“This declaration is an agreement between some of the world’s most progressive sub-national governments on climate change to stand together in taking on this issue through shared commitments and goals.”

The Paris City Hall Declaration also commits signatory states and regions to advance and exceed the expected goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement, support ambitious long-term climate goals and engage in sub-national partnerships to produce effective climate change solutions.

“As the national leader on climate change reduction and renewable energy, the Paris City Hall Declaration will give the ACT a global platform to share our experience in developing innovative emissions reduction policies, such as our legislated 90% greenhouse gas reduction target and award-winning reverse auction process for procurement of renewable energy,” said Mr Corbell (pictured in Canberra earlier this year).

“I am confident that states and regions will have a lot to learn from the ACT’s experience, and I look forward to engaging like-minded states and regions on ways to help reduce their carbon footprint.”

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Corbell signs us up to Paris emissions plan
miz 9:23 pm 09 Dec 15

I did not think Australia was involved in the Paris talks? What is Corbell doing there? Sheesh, is this his farewell junket?

HenryBG 6:18 pm 09 Dec 15

wildturkeycanoe said :

… how would that make a difference in the ocean of CO2 when Beijing will not play fair at the talks? As the biggest contributor to the problem, contributing over a quarter of the worlds CO2 emissions, China cries poor and won’t do anything drastic to stop the problem. …

Why do people who choose to cling to the fantastical belief that climate change is not real *always* buttress their fantasy with fiction?

From Wikipedia:
“China produces 63% of the world’s solar photovoltaics (PV).[15] It has emerged as the world’s largest manufacturer as of June 2015.[16][17]”

“At the end of June 2015, there were 105 GW of electricity generating capacity installed in China”

China is poor, compared with us, and yet they are putting us to shame: a bunch of communists have no problem understanding what the science is telling us, and accepting that renewables are absolutely vital, unlike the last lunatic we had in power here who deliberately tried to scrap renewables in this country.

dungfungus 2:38 pm 09 Dec 15

rubaiyat said :

wildturkeycanoe said :

So if the A.C.T completely eliminated its carbon footprint from the globe, a total of roughly 6.3 million tonnes per year [at an approximate 350,000 people], the same as what an inactive volcano spews out, how would that make a difference in the ocean of CO2 when Beijing will not play fair at the talks? As the biggest contributor to the problem, contributing over a quarter of the worlds CO2 emissions, China cries poor and won’t do anything drastic to stop the problem. Just look how bad Beijing has gotten, the air is classified as toxic. How on earth is our piddly little effort going to make an iota of difference then? The tram will be as effective on global warming as shooting an elephant with a Nerf gun.
Every can of baby formula flying over to China only adds to the problem, but these issues aren’t being addressed. By declaring FTAs with overseas partners we only open the door to more travel and more international transport thanks to our new buying and selling power. Wouldn’t becoming more self sufficient be the right way to go about things instead of creating more reasons to move products and services across the globe? Talk about hypocrisy.

Self sufficient in oil/energy?

Your mantra has just been drive more cars, longer distances on ever bigger freeways and pretend it all has no consequences.

btw China is a huge country both physically and geographically and is doing far more than anyone else on sustainable energy AS WELL as increasing its economy (from a very low base) at a pace never seen before.

The favourite weekend pastime of young Chinese families is going for long drives in their (fossil fuel powered) family car.

I meant to include this link:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-10/an-suvs-gain-popularity-in-china/5193776

wildturkeycanoe 1:39 pm 09 Dec 15

rubaiyat said :

Self sufficient in oil/energy?

Your mantra has just been drive more cars, longer distances on ever bigger freeways and pretend it all has no consequences.

Did I say anything about oil/energy? I’m talking about self sufficiency in terms of not needing power from the grid by using solar panels, not needing water by storing rain in tanks, not requiring cable for internet using mobile and satellite technology. Why would the government want people to do this when it depletes their revenue from rates, taxes and supply charges?
It is far more profitable for the government to pile everybody into a confined space to make more dollars per square meter of real estate. The less independent and more reliant on the government people are, the more they can squeeze out of their purses. Why do you think you cannot export to the grid at a 1:1 ratio for solar, but instead sell it to the retailers at a fraction of what they charge you? Why would they insist every new house has double glazing and the most efficient insulation going when the more energy you use to heat and cool the place, the more the consumer’s money flows into their pocket?
As for China, they are doing a bang-up job aren’t they? So much has been invested in new coal powered plants that it is hitting their economy hard due to oversupply. They might be decommissioning old plants to limit the impact but overall the emissions won’t reduce for 15 years or so. How is that supposed to help the environment? Are they just going to plant more trees and buy carbon credits?

Southmouth 1:31 pm 09 Dec 15

National leader? I have a very strong suspicion that SA generates a much larger percentage of it’s power from renewables than the ACT could ever hope to. (And buying it in is cheating)

rubaiyat 11:56 am 09 Dec 15

wildturkeycanoe said :

So if the A.C.T completely eliminated its carbon footprint from the globe, a total of roughly 6.3 million tonnes per year [at an approximate 350,000 people], the same as what an inactive volcano spews out, how would that make a difference in the ocean of CO2 when Beijing will not play fair at the talks? As the biggest contributor to the problem, contributing over a quarter of the worlds CO2 emissions, China cries poor and won’t do anything drastic to stop the problem. Just look how bad Beijing has gotten, the air is classified as toxic. How on earth is our piddly little effort going to make an iota of difference then? The tram will be as effective on global warming as shooting an elephant with a Nerf gun.
Every can of baby formula flying over to China only adds to the problem, but these issues aren’t being addressed. By declaring FTAs with overseas partners we only open the door to more travel and more international transport thanks to our new buying and selling power. Wouldn’t becoming more self sufficient be the right way to go about things instead of creating more reasons to move products and services across the globe? Talk about hypocrisy.

Self sufficient in oil/energy?

Your mantra has just been drive more cars, longer distances on ever bigger freeways and pretend it all has no consequences.

btw China is a huge country both physically and geographically and is doing far more than anyone else on sustainable energy AS WELL as increasing its economy (from a very low base) at a pace never seen before.

justin heywood 11:27 am 09 Dec 15

rosscoact said :

Nothing wrong with junket …. it still features in our dessert repertoire.

Junket!! what a blast from the past that is. My grandfather’s favourite dish.

Simon Corbell said:
“….As the national leader on climate change reduction and renewable energy, the Paris City Hall Declaration will give the ACT a global platform to share our experience in developing innovative emissions reduction policies”

….“I am confident that states and regions will have a lot to learn from the ACT’s experience…”

It does sound as if Simon made the trip to dispense advice rather than to learn anything.

I wonder how that went, given that he represents a small, wealthy city with virtually no industry and whose major source of income is the Australian taxpayer.

Southmouth 9:50 am 09 Dec 15

It must be nice to be able to pretend that the ACT isn’t reliant on coal fired power and will be for a long time just coz none exists inside the state boarder

dungfungus 9:19 am 09 Dec 15

wildturkeycanoe said :

So if the A.C.T completely eliminated its carbon footprint from the globe, a total of roughly 6.3 million tonnes per year [at an approximate 350,000 people], the same as what an inactive volcano spews out, how would that make a difference in the ocean of CO2 when Beijing will not play fair at the talks? As the biggest contributor to the problem, contributing over a quarter of the worlds CO2 emissions, China cries poor and won’t do anything drastic to stop the problem. Just look how bad Beijing has gotten, the air is classified as toxic. How on earth is our piddly little effort going to make an iota of difference then? The tram will be as effective on global warming as shooting an elephant with a Nerf gun.
Every can of baby formula flying over to China only adds to the problem, but these issues aren’t being addressed. By declaring FTAs with overseas partners we only open the door to more travel and more international transport thanks to our new buying and selling power. Wouldn’t becoming more self sufficient be the right way to go about things instead of creating more reasons to move products and services across the globe? Talk about hypocrisy.

I wonder how much time at the Paris talk-fest was devoted to population control?
Probably very little as the UN appears dominated by representatives from cultures that would say population control is an alien concept.
On that basis alone we are doomed – climate change is still a non-problem.
As Kruschev said about the aftermath on a global nuclear conflict “the living will envy the dead’.
We are half-way there folks.

wildturkeycanoe 6:39 am 09 Dec 15

So if the A.C.T completely eliminated its carbon footprint from the globe, a total of roughly 6.3 million tonnes per year [at an approximate 350,000 people], the same as what an inactive volcano spews out, how would that make a difference in the ocean of CO2 when Beijing will not play fair at the talks? As the biggest contributor to the problem, contributing over a quarter of the worlds CO2 emissions, China cries poor and won’t do anything drastic to stop the problem. Just look how bad Beijing has gotten, the air is classified as toxic. How on earth is our piddly little effort going to make an iota of difference then? The tram will be as effective on global warming as shooting an elephant with a Nerf gun.
Every can of baby formula flying over to China only adds to the problem, but these issues aren’t being addressed. By declaring FTAs with overseas partners we only open the door to more travel and more international transport thanks to our new buying and selling power. Wouldn’t becoming more self sufficient be the right way to go about things instead of creating more reasons to move products and services across the globe? Talk about hypocrisy.

dungfungus 11:19 am 08 Dec 15

gazket said :

I suppose we will be paying for wind turbines in Fiji now.

Life boats would be more practical if you believe what is being said in nuclear-powered Paris.

gazket 10:20 pm 07 Dec 15

I suppose we will be paying for wind turbines in Fiji now.

rosscoact 8:33 pm 07 Dec 15

Acton said :

dungfungus said :

How many tonnes of jet emitted Co2 will Minister Corbell leave in his wake travelling to and from Paris along with the other 40,000 attendees?

Using https://www.qantasfutureplanet.com.au/ a return trip from Sydney to Paris for one Simon Corbell generates 3.682 tons of CO2.

As the yearly per capita CO2 output for Australia is around 18 tons each year, Mr Corbell’s 3.682 ton CO2 contribution shows he is doing more than his fair share to ensure we remain one of the highest per capita CO2 emitters on the planet,(just beaten by the Falkland Islands).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_carbon_dioxide_emissions_per_capita

A nice ACT ratepayer funded pre-retirement junket.

Nothing wrong with junket, it’s a bit unfashionable for you hipsters but it still features in our dessert repertoire.

Acton 5:48 pm 07 Dec 15

dungfungus said :

How many tonnes of jet emitted Co2 will Minister Corbell leave in his wake travelling to and from Paris along with the other 40,000 attendees?

Using https://www.qantasfutureplanet.com.au/ a return trip from Sydney to Paris for one Simon Corbell generates 3.682 tons of CO2.

As the yearly per capita CO2 output for Australia is around 18 tons each year, Mr Corbell’s 3.682 ton CO2 contribution shows he is doing more than his fair share to ensure we remain one of the highest per capita CO2 emitters on the planet,(just beaten by the Falkland Islands).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_carbon_dioxide_emissions_per_capita

A nice ACT ratepayer funded pre-retirement junket.

dungfungus 1:29 pm 07 Dec 15

How many tonnes of jet emitted Co2 will Minister Corbell leave in his wake travelling to and from Paris along with the other 40,000 attendees?

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