Clean energy future explained
Cultural Partners Strategic Marketing and Communications, headed by Director Paula Masselos with the distinguished group of clean energy future legislation advocates Sarah Cruishank, Assistant Seccretary, Communications and Public Affairs of the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE), Non-English Speaking Background (NESB) Ambassadors David Giang, Vietnamese Community Leader; Hyeon-Jung Yoon, Australian Korean Welfare Association; Randa Kattan, Execcutive Director, Arab Council Australia; Daphne Lowe Kelley, President CHAA-Chinese Community Council; Neville Roach, Chairman of TATA Grp; and Ross Tzannes, Former Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia (FECCA) Chair and Councillor – Australian Conservation Foundation) joined forces in Sydney to talk to media representatives from Australia’s Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities about Australia’s clean energy future at the Legion House Sydney last 26 June 2012.
The group, who gathered at Legion Hoouse, 161 Castlereagh Street in Sydney, the old heritage building on its ongoing refurbishment maintaining its 1902 Victorian Heritage look at 6 Green star building re-constructed by Grocon – included six CALD community ambassadors led by Neville Roach, Chair of the TATA Group, John Connor, Chief Executive Officer of The Climate Institute and Nathan Fabian, Chief Executive of Investor Group on Climate Change, says Stephen Nicol,Project General Grocon.
Mr Roach presented the media with a testimonial statement signed by each of the CALD community ambassadors. “A clean energy future is essential to securing a sustainable and prosperous Australia,” he read, “which has a clean and safe environment in which to raise our children, live our lives and contribute to the wealth and well-being of our country.
“We encourage you to be part of the Clean Energy Future revolution by taking up the challenge to become a Clean Energy Future supporter and act locally,” he continued. “We are!”
Mr Connor presented the media with a ‘reality check’ about the impacts of the carbon price on the cost of living, based on the results from independent studies by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and AECOM, a global provider of professional technical and management support services, commissioned by The Climate Institute.
“The reality is that the carbon price’s cost of living impacts will be modest,” he said. “It’s important to remember that the carbon price signals are actually aimed at board room tables, not household kitchen tables.
“Our research shows that the price impact on households will, on average, be $9.10 per week, which is 80 cents less than estimated by Treasury,” he said.
Mr Fabian congratulated the Australian Government on its Clean Energy Future policy.
“The carbon price will redirect more of our investment into low carbon and renewable energy assets,” he said. “We can see that profitable businesses of the future are the ones that are able to minimise their emissions and are able to quickly adapt to change.”
With the implementation of the carbon price on 1 July 2012, Australia will take an important step toward reducing its carbon pollution by putting a price on carbon. It will see Australia’s biggest polluters pay for every tonne of carbon pollution they produce, creating a powerful incentive for business to invest in clean technology, and to find more efficient ways of operating.
“I will feel proud to be an Australian as this reform kicks in,” Mr Connor said.