Labor to plan for zero emissions by 2050 if it wins

Labor candidate Janelle Saffin said everywhere she goes, locals tell her they want to see action on climate change.
Labor candidate Janelle Saffin said everywhere she goes, locals tell her they want to see action on climate change.

Lismore electorate Labor candidate Janelle Saffin said in a statement that a Daley Labor Government, if elected on March 23, will introduce NSW’s first renewable energy target.

It will require NSW to generate at least 50 per cent of the state’s energy from renewable sources by 2030, and move to as close to as possible 100 per cent energy from renewable sources by 2050.

Currently, NSW only obtains less than 13 per cent of its energy from renewable sources. Labor’s Climate Change spokesperson Adam Searle challenged the North Coast Nationals to come clean on their position on climate change.

As part of its plan Labor will also deliver 100 per cent renewable energy for all state government agencies by 2025 (it is currently only six per cent), hold a Climate Change summit in its first year in office, to develop the Climate Change Action Plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, and enshrine the outcomes of the summit into a Climate Change Act.

“Around half of the electricity NSW currently relies on will retire over the next 16 years, as ageing coal fired power stations reach the end of their life," MR Searle said.

“This means future electricity supplies for NSW will be at risk unless new power sources are built. To make electricity cheaper and cut emissions the future of our energy system must be renewable.”

Country Labor Candidate for Lismore, Janelle Saffin said everywhere she goes, locals tell her they want to see action on climate change.

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