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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2009
CA TTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA YEARBOOK 2009 Spearheading Climate Change Policy Cattle CounCil environmental taskforCe The attention of the Cattle Council Environmental Taskforce has been, and will be for some time, dominated by developing policy options in response the Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS). beef cattle industry to make a contribution to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining profitability and international competitiveness. Research indicates that the CPRS will impose costs on producers from 1st July 2010, as energy dependant inputs will become more expensive. T In February 2009, the Environmental Taskforce held a strategic meeting in Sydney to review the CPRS and other issues relating to climate change. Based on the information gathered at this meeting, and independent research undertaken by the Center for International Economics, Cattle Council has determined that the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (in its current form) is not an appropriate mechanism to encourage the beef industry to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The CPRS is not appropriate for the following reasons: he Cattle Council has communicated to the Federal Government that we are committed to working with them to develop a strategy that enables the • There is a lack of accurate, verifiable and cost effective emissions measurement and reporting mechanisms for the beef industry, making it expensive and problematic for the industry to participate; • Due to a lack of demonstrable commercially-viable abatement and sequestration options the beef industry has no production focused way of reducing emissions and would be forced to reduce production to meet targets; • The international greenhouse gas accounting rules, which currently reflect only the emissions contribution of agriculture, are not based on the most recent science methodologies and findings; and • Without cost-effective and accurate emissions measurement linked with commercially viable methods to reduce or offset emissions, the CPRS will jeopardise the international competitiveness of the Australian beef cattle industry, forcing emissions offshore. 26 1117_CCA Yearbook 2009.indd 26 5/5/09 8:46:53 PM