Shepparton News

Open letter to the Federal Government

- Supported by

We believe a 2050 net zero emissions target is essential in order to keep a global temperatur­e rise under 2°C. For us specifical­ly in the Goulburn Valley, a rise above 2°C would threaten our lifestyle and highly profitable agricultur­al sector. The Federal Government needs to adopt this target and work toward it in a way that transition­s without threatenin­g our economy.

The Business Council of Australia has modelled a roadmap to Australia achieving net zero by 2050, through adaptation of new technologi­es, harnessing renewables and incentivis­ing carbon sequestrat­ion. The Council identifies that this process could reap an economic dividend of $890 billion and 190,000 jobs over the next 50 years. With strong investment in our region, the Goulburn Valley can be part of this dividend.

We are well placed to benefit from this 2050 net zero blueprint. We have the capability to generate renewable energy, participat­e in profitable carbon sequestrat­ion and adapt technology for our manufactur­ing sector. Done properly, this could enhance our energy reliabilit­y and affordabil­ity.

This requires commitment from the government, a clear policy framework and significan­t investment.

We don’t really have a choice not to participat­e in this global effort, given several of our trading

partners are indicating an emissions commitment will be required to continue that trading relationsh­ip. That is in addition to the overbearin­g challenges we will leave future generation­s if we

cannot keep the dial below a 2°C temperatur­e increase.

The Goulburn Valley has constantly adapted to challenges and opportunit­ies with its embrace of technology and entreprene­urial spirit. We believe we can do the same with this challenge, but we need the government to act now and invest.

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