Protecting Our Environment
Protecting Our Environment
Australia will meet its global emissions target (of 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2030).
We have an obligation to protect our environment for future generations. We must also ensure a strong economy, so the next generation can find jobs.
Our Climate Solutions Package will help achieve these objectives. Specific initiatives include:
- A $2 billion Climate Solutions Fund. This will help farmers, small businesses and Indigenous communities reduce emissions, lower energy costs and improve the natural environment. This will build on the success of the Emissions Reduction Fund which has delivered 193 million tonnes of emissions reductions.
- Constructing Snowy 2.0, which will be the world’s second largest pumped hydro renewable power station – providing 175 hours of storage – enough to power 500,000 homes.
- Backing a second interconnector, to bring renewable power from Tasmania to the mainland. This will help Tasmania be the Battery of the Nation.
- Developing a National Electric Vehicle Strategy to help the transition to new technology.
- Helping households and businesses improve energy efficiency.
- The Cleaner, Greener Local Communities initiative. This will support local communities to reduce emissions and improve air and water quality.
INVESTING IN RENEWABLE ENERGY
2017 saw investment in renewables in Australia increasing by 150%, to record levels.
Australia’s $11 billion investment last year in clean energy placed us seventh in the world (third on a per capita basis).
Last year was also the biggest ever year for rooftop solar installation. One in five Australians now has solar panels on their roof – one of the highest rates in the world.
Renewable energy will reach 23.5% of Australia’s electricity supply by 2020.
Snowy 2.0 and Tasmania’s Battery of the Nation project will help make renewables more reliable, providing 24/7 power to households and businesses.
PROTECTING THE BARRIER REEF
It was the Liberal and Nationals Government that ended all dredge disposal plans and put a ban on future capital dredge disposal projects in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Our Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan has been endorsed by the World Heritage Committee and praised by the OECD.
Together with the Queensland Government, we are jointly making a record investment of more than $2 billion over the next decade to ensure the health of the Reef.
This includes our $443.3 million Partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. This will support proven reef protection activities, like improving water quality and fighting crown of thorns starfish, as well as research and development.
PROTECTING THREATENED SPECIES
Since 2014, the Government has invested more than $425 million for over 1,300 projects supporting threatened species.
Our Threatened Species Strategy outlines explicit and measurable targets to improve outcomes of 20 priority birds, 20 priority mammals, and 30 priority plants.
It also commits to the creation of five feral cat-free islands, 10 mainland feral cat-free wildlife enclosures, and the culling of two million feral cats by 2020.
We have also appointed Australia’s first ever Threatened Species Commissioner.
We are investing around $1 billion for phase 2 of the National Landcare Program.
This includes the Regional Land Partnerships, which restore wetlands, protect threatened species and improve soil health on farms.
CLEANER AND GREENER COMMUNITIES
The Liberal and Nationals Government is investing over $22 million in a new Communities Environment Program to give communities new opportunities to protect and care for their local environment.
Each Federal electorate will receive up to $150,000 in 2019-20 for community-led projects that deliver real environmental benefits, including restoring coasts, wetlands and waterways, protecting native animals, reducing waste and litter, and greening local parks and urban areas.
The 2019-20 Budget also establishes a $100 million Environment Restoration Fund that will support practical action on waste and recycling, the protection of rivers, waterways and coasts, and further support for our threatened and migratory native species.
A National Food Waste Strategy brings together governments, researchers, businesses and the community to halve food waste by 2030.
We are partnering with industry on actions to reduce waste and increase recycling.
This includes supporting a phase out of microbeads from personal care and cosmetic products to protect our marine environment and working with the packaging industry to ensure 100% of Australian packaging is recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025.
Information current as at April 2019