5 March 2013

Environment and Sustainable Development's runaway greenhouse gases

| johnboy
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The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is having a poke at the ESD’s less than stellar efforts to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions:

During yesterday’s Annual Report hearings, ACT Shadow Minister for the Environment, Brendan Smyth questioned why the Government’s Directorate for the Environment and Sustainable Development’s greenhouse gas emissions have increased by nearly 40%, when the Government said they would decrease it by 40%.

Mr Smyth said “Following basic calculations as with the other indicators, this measure would have increased by approximately 40% in the 2011-12 financial year.”

Other indicators reported included:

— The total Stationary Energy Greenhouse Gas Emissions emitted by the directorate has increased by 18%.
— The total Transport Energy Greenhouse Gas Emissions emitted by the directorate has increased by 35%.
— Greenhouse gas emissions per person has increased by 23%.
— Greenhouse gas emissions per square metre increased by 37%.

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Calling out small consumers of embodied carbon dioxide energy is silly in many ways.

Replace a coal fired power plant with low carbon, affordable energy if you want to impress.

Hang on, last time the Directorate was incompetent because they did too much offsetting this time because they haven’t done enough. Perhaps the Liberals could stop and have a little think about exactly where they stand on this?

I predict that, as happened last time, once the transcript becomes available it will turn out that this is a complete misrepresentation of what actually said.

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