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Chamber says businesses now need to set own emissions target

The Australian business community says businesses now need to plan to help Australia meet the net zero by 2050 emissions target announced by the federal government.

Chamber says businesses now need to set own emissions target
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  • Keeli Cambourne
  • October 27, 2021
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The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that businesses must now design a practical plan to achieve the technological and economic transition towards net zero to help drive investment, grow business and create jobs while ensuring a more sustainable future.

“Reaching net zero emissions by 2050 is an imperative for the Australian business community,” ACCI chief executive Andrew McKellar said.

“The [government] plan gives confidence to business, to workers and to regional communities that Australia is taking credible action on climate change, while ensuring energy remains reliable and affordable.

“With our skilled workforce and abundant renewable resources, Australia is in a prime position to develop innovative renewable technologies to address climate change. This will support job creation, grow businesses, and drive our economic recovery.

“The $20 billion investment for the research, development and commercialisation of low emissions technologies including clean hydrogen, battery storage and ultralow-cost solar are huge opportunities for Australian businesses and will put us on the path to achieve net zero.

“Businesses and industry must have access to the modelling behind the Government’s plan to ensure the effective implementation of transitional measures.”

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