Labor would retain the Turnbull government's cornerstone energy policy but legally enforce deeper emissions cuts on the electricity industry, suggesting elusive bipartisan action on the climate crisis is within reach.
|Opposition climate change and energy spokesman |
Mark Butler argues Labor would have a strong
national emissions target.
The pledge is a departure from the emissions intensity scheme Labor took to the 2016 election, and comes days out from pivotal negotiations between the Commonwealth and the states over the design of the Coalition's policy, known as the National Energy Guarantee.
Opposition climate change and energy spokesman Mark Butler on Monday said if the NEG was implemented, a future Labor government would legislate to lift the policy's emissions reduction target for the electricity sector to match Labor’s stronger national target.
Read the story by Nicole Hasham and Cole Latimer from The Age - “Climate truce in sight as Labor warms to National Energy Guarantee.”