Benefit or bust?
THE carbon tax has been introduced and now it is a waiting game to find out exactly what costs businesses will have to wear from the flow-on effect.
Steve Edmonton, owner-operator of Sailaway and director of marketing for Poseidon, said they are in a good position and have been working for three years to make the business carbon neutral.
“It’s too soon to see but we’re in a good place and are a little bit more resilient to some potential increases in costs - Sailaway is a climate action leader and a carbon neutral product,” he said.
“We’ve anticipated a changing environment with trees, forestry and growing our own bio-fuel and go to a carbon neutral island off of Low Isles - it’s all based on best environmental practices.”
Member for Leichardt Warren Entsch is a more dubious about the new tax and is concerned about the effects on businesses in the region.
“The supermarkets are going to be hit really bad and anybody that operates refrigeration - for a refrigerant gas they use called R507 from June 30 it cost $25/kg and from July 1 the same gas cost $384/ kg,” he said.