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A cleaner future for power stations.
Julia Gillard and Labor Let’s move Australia Forward
A CLEANER FUTURE FOR POWER STATIONS
The Gillard Labor Government will introduce tough new emissions standards for all new coal-fired power stations.
All new coal-fired stations will be required to meet best practice emissions standards, and be Carbon Capture and Storage-ready (CCS-ready).
Federal Labor is committed to ensuring that future energy generation in Australia is cleaner and greener and that we don’t build generation capacity which is not consistent with the low pollution economy of the future.
At present, 77 per cent of Australia’s electricity supply is generated by black and brown coal-fired power stations.
A Gillard Labor Government will also place additional obligations on existing coal-fired power stations to find opportunities to reduce their emissions by expanding the Energy Efficiency Opportunities program, and publishing facility-level data supplied by power stations under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting program.
Why we are doing this - the evidence
The introduction of the proposed new standards will deliver a strong signal to investors to factor future carbon constraints into their decision making. The standards will encourage investment in low emissions electricity infrastructure and support green jobs and continued economic growth. This will help move our energy sector towards cleaner forms of generation, such as best practice coal technology, gas and renewable, which will be cheaper in the long run under a carbon price.
A cleaner future for power stations