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Federal Government to consider carbon price for power companies

The ABC’s Stephanie Anderson reports (5.12.16) on indications that the federal government will introduce a carbon pricing mechanism for power companies, as part of its review of climate policies to meet its Paris Climate Agreement commitments.

‘Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg says a carbon price for power companies will be considered as part of a climate change review, but ruled out a return of Labor’s carbon tax.

‘The Department of the Environment and Energy will undertake an internal review next year to examine the best ways to meet Australia’s climate commitments.

‘Mr Frydenberg said the review would consider an emissions intensity scheme for electricity generators, but said the Government would take a sector-by-sector approach.

‘”We reject an economy-wide approach,” he told the ABC. “What this review has indicated is we will look at a sector-by-sector approach. The electricity sector is the one which produces the most emissions — around a third of Australia’s emissions come from that sector”.

‘… Mr Frydenberg said a discussion paper would be released in early 2017.’

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