Monday, August 17, 2009

Australian Truck and Transport Industries Demand Pollution Legislation

Emissions Trading Scheme setback for freight industry
Shipping News Feature

AUSTRALIA – The Australian haulage industry’s lobby group, the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), has spoken out strongly about the Governments failure to approve measures to introduce legislation designed to control carbon emissions which the Senate rejected last week.

Despite the mass of polled voters giving support to the plan the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) and the support of the Government, opposition parties conjoined to vote against the measures.

The result is immensely significant to Australians who saw off the previous coalition Government after they failed to ratify the Kyoto accord and were considered to be dragging their feet over environmental concerns. Australia, despite a comparatively low GDP in world terms, produces more carbon per head of population than virtually any other country.

The ATA fear that individual states will now sanction different emission rules for various parts of the country causing a mountain of extra paperwork and red tape.

Other lobbying factions, including the Australian Industry Group, have called for the politicking to stop and the Government to show a lead to other, poorer nations prior to the debate on the issues at the meeting of the United Nations in Copenhagen in December.