Monday, October 12, 2009

ATA Back Government As Greens Argue For Freight Transport Emissions Deal

Revised Carbon Reduction Scheme Negotiations Continue
Shipping News Feature

AUSTRALIA – After the Governments plans to introduce a carbon pollution reductions scheme were left in tatters in August when parliament rejected them out of hand, a revised plan is now under discussion with all the major players taking there normal entrenched positions.

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) is accepting that the scheme, which proposes an emission trade off financed by an increased fuel levy, as preferable to more stringent regulation of emissions which it feels will lead to an impossible situation, with customers forced to use less efficient and more costly alternative transport methods, such as rail and sea freight, despite their unsuitability.

The ATA position has been consistent since before the first round of proposals, but their lobby for an easy ride for the essential transport framework provided by truckers will meet stiff opposition from the Greens whose formidable spokesman, Deputy Leader Christine Milne will argue strongly for transport to be included in wider reaching effort to cut, rather than exchange, harmful emissions.

Ms Milne has described the Governments carbon exchange programme as “locking in failure” whereas they should be promoting a scheme to cut pollution by Australia which per capita, emits more carbon than any other first world country.

Trucking companies throughout the country will watch with interest and perhaps a little nail biting as the situation develops, many viewers are intransigent with Coalition partners demanding changes to protect farmers and possibly delaying any action until after the world climate conference in Copenhagen in December.