The peak body for science and technology in Australia says that an evidence-based approach is imperative following the decision not to pursue the recommendations of Australia’s Chief Scientist to introduce a Clean Energy Target (CET).
“The continued focus on meeting our emission reduction commitments is heartening, and we hope that the process of reaching these is transparent,” said Ms Kylie Walker, CEO at Science & Technology Australia.
“The security and stability of Australia’s power supply is paramount, not just now, but well into the future.
“We must strike a balance between short-term reliability and applying the best science-informed evidence and new technology to find a strong and sustainable approach to meeting our growing power needs into the future.”
Ms Walker said the science was clear about the risks of failing to reduce emissions, and the focus on addressing this was significant.
“Investing in and supporting the establishment of renewable and sustainable sources of energy across the nation will future-proof the Australian energy system, as well as supporting global goals to address the impacts of atmospheric pollution.”
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