The Queensland Government has announced a major public health initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of carbon dioxide levels, in an effort to make it easier for families to save money and reduce emissions.
The State Government is rolling out a carbon price, carbon emissions rebates and a rebate for power purchases in the state.
The Government will also be providing rebates of up to $1,000 per household for household electricity bills.
The announcement comes just days after the Government announced a national carbon price that would be applied to electricity bills across Australia.
The Carbon Pollution Reduction (CO-PRICE) program will see households pay $1 per metric tonne of carbon pollution, which is equivalent to about 1,300 litres of CO2 equivalent.
This will help to reduce the amount of CO 2 in the atmosphere, which has been steadily increasing in the last few decades.
The program will also help the Government reduce emissions and carbon dioxide pollution.
The carbon price will start on the day of the 2020 election.
The Premier says the plan is part of a national strategy to reduce CO2 emissions.
“I’ve been saying this for a long time, this is going to be a huge national effort, it’s going to involve the entire country, we have to get it right,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
The Prime Minister says the national plan will have a major impact on our economy.
“We are going to see huge reductions in CO2 pollution,” she said.
“This is a great opportunity to be able to cut carbon pollution.”
What we are going have to do is make sure that the government is able to have a carbon pricing system in place and we have got to get rid of that carbon tax so that it can be replaced with a system that is a lot more sustainable.
“Read more:Ahead of the announcement, a group of leading scientists said the Government was on track to achieve its goal.”
The carbon tax has been proven to be effective in reducing CO2, it is a proven economic driver, and has been used by countries around the world to reduce emissions,” the Australian Centre for Climate Change said.
It said the scheme could save the Australian economy billions of dollars.”
It is one of the biggest things we can do for the economy, and it is one that is absolutely going to help Queensland,” the group said.
Professor Chris Wilson of the University of Queensland said the government had done a good job in making the announcement.”
One of the great things about this is it has shown the State Government that the public has had a sense of urgency about the issue,” Professor Wilson said.
But the carbon pricing program is only part of the government’s plan.
Professor Wilson says the state will also need to invest heavily in renewable energy to meet its ambitious targets.”
In the next five years we will be able and we will need to be investing in solar and wind and biomass,” he said.
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