A Price on Pollution (from the ACF website)
Putting a price on the pollution generated by big business is the most economic way to reduce pollution and help tackle climate change.
A price on pollution
After 37 years of campaigning for action on climate change, laws to put a price on carbon pollution passed through Australia’s parliament in 2011, and came into effect July 2012.
Whether you call it a carbon price, a carbon tax, an emissions trading scheme (ETS) or a price on pollution, it’s all about reducing pollution.
Australians want action on climate change. Over 90% of Australians think that pollution is at unsafe levels for our kids, with 97% of climate scientists agreeing on the fact that climate change is caused by human activity.
We know that pollution is contributing to climate change and loads of us are doing our bit to cut energy use at home, but unfortunately carbon pollution levels are still increasing. The truth is big businesses are responsible for the majority of pollution going into our skies. It’s now time for them to do their bit and cut emissions.
How a price on pollution works
The clean energy package means that big polluters pay the cost of their pollution, not individual taxpayers. A carbon price is an incentive to cut pollution and innovate. The pollution price will be paid by Australia’s top 500 polluting businesses.
These 500 businesses will pay $23 per tonne of carbon pollution they put into our skies. If they pollute, they pay. But, if they reduce their pollution by cleaning up their processes and using cleaner energy, then they will pay less and save money.
What happens to the money raised from charging big polluters? Some will go straight into clean energy and some will go to people to help with bills. Low income households and pensioners should be better off. Middle income families will be no worse off. Find out how the carbon price will affect your cost of living or calculate your carbon price.
There’ll be jobs, a lot of jobs according to our research, cleaning up existing industries and building new ones. And Australia will shift to more clean energy, like solar and wind, that lasts forever.
- Like to know more about the nitty gritty of how the price on pollution works? Read our step-by-step explanation.
Cleaner air will mean better health for our kids, the elderly, everyone. And finally, we are doing something about climate change.
I have always bet on Australia. I love the country, I love the people, and I particularly love the spirit that motivates the activists and all those who have supported action to solve the climate crisis – Al Gore
We said Yes to a price on pollution
Say Yes Australia was a broad and historic partnership of organisations collectively representing over three million Australians, including workers, youth and families, who support putting a price on pollution. The campaign engaged the community to Say Yes to a price on carbon pollution and encouraged our parliament to do the same.
In 2012 we worked to ensure the price on pollution and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation were successfully implemented. We continue to support our community, showing our leaders we want ongoing action on climate change.
What we achieved
- Your support enabled us to televise our Say Yes video, featuring Cate Blanchett and Michael Caton.
- On World Environment Day, 45,000 of us took to the streets to Say Yes to a price on pollution.
- Say Yes volunteers delivered 300,000 letters to their neighbours explaining why they support a price on pollution.
- We refuted claims that Australian industries will suffer from a price on pollution in our PolluterWatch briefing papers.
- We planted Parliament House lawn with messages of support as the legislation was going through parliament.
- Revenue raised from the carbon price has been allocated to an ACF proposed biodiversity fund that will go towards protecting Australia’s diverse ecosystems.
- How will the price on pollution affect me?
- What about electricity prices?
- What about Australian jobs?
- Are we acting ahead of the rest of the world?
- Where will the money go?
- Will this actually help the environment?
- How will this solve climate change?