Policy statement on transport (Feb 2019)

Transport is Australia’s 2nd largest source of greenhouse gas pollution (18% of emissions, after electricity at 33%), and is projected to rise a further 12% by 2030. 

·       Around 85% of this pollution is from road-based transport

·       Of road-based transport, over 60% is from cars and light commercial vehicles.

(Climate Council, June 2018, Waiting for the green light: transport solutions to climate change)  

 

Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle's over-arching mission is to promote a rapid reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and so the group will:

·       support policies, and may initiate campaigns that encourage early transition to energy efficient, climate friendly, healthy, safe and convenient modes of transport.

·       oppose infrastructure projects that further subsidise the cost of traditional inefficient, polluting and unaustainable personal vehicle options.

 

Such policies would include (but may not be limited to):

·       a shift to (in-principle) zero emission vehicles such as electric cars, in anticipation of a low-emissions grid

·       improved efficiency of petrol and diesel vehicles

·       support for infrastructure that assists the switch to low- or zero-emissions vehicles, and opposition to infrastructure that simply encourages increased use of private vehicles

·       expansion of public transport, especially where this is powered by clean energy

·       pollution-free transport options such as cycleways and walking.

    

Policy statement on waste (May 2015)

Recognising that many of the problems of greenhouse gas emissions relate to overconsumption, Climate Change Balmain Rozelle supports campaigns against waste which encourage the community to

  • Refuse packaging or unnecessary items
  • Reuse goods to the end of their lifecycle
  • Reduce their purchases of new items where alternatives are available or of consumables in excessive quantities.
We further support the recycling of waste materials.