Senator Wong said the Government has provided $59.0 million to establish the Department of Climate Change to deliver on commitments including a national renewable energy target and an emissions trading scheme.
“This includes $37.3 million in funding for the Department to work on the design of the emissions trading scheme in addition to the $31.6 million previously allocated across government for work on emissions trading.”
Rudd Government initiatives on climate change include:
- $1.0 billion to help Australians make their homes and their communities more energy- and water-efficient;
- $260.0 million to Australian businesses to reduce their impact on the environment;
- $1.7 billion to support Australia’s world-leading scientists, researchers and industry in their work to improve energy efficiency and develop clean energy options, including renewable energy and clean coal technologies;
- $130.0 million to Australia’s Farming Future to deliver the Climate Change and Productivity Program, the Climate Change and Adaptation Partnerships Program, and the Climate Change Adjustment Program;
- $8.0 million for Australia’s forestry industry to better prepare for climate change, including the development of a Forestry Adaptation Plan and assessment of capacity for forests to sequester carbon; and
- $150.0 million2 for AusAID to strengthen climate change adaptation efforts, focusing on countries in Australia’s region.