WESTERN Victoria’s economy will benefit from the Direct Action climate change plan according to Wannon MP, Dan Tehan, but critics have questioned how much the environment will actually gain.
The recent Emissions Reduction Fund green paper has identified a wide range of programs and activities to tackle carbon emissions that could be funded by the Federal Government.
According to the green paper, there have been more than 20 methods approved for reducing carbon emissions from agricultural activities, such as planting trees or reducing animal emissions.
These methods make up the ‘Carbon Farming Initiative’, which seeks to provide incentives for emissions reductions from new activities that go “beyond common practice”.
“Agriculture is one of our main industries in Wannon and the Carbon Farming Initiative will greatly benefit our region by enabling landowners to benefit from their actions to reduce emissions,” Mr Tehan said.
“However, the Emissions Reduction Fund Green Paper sets out the preferred design elements of the Emissions Reduction Fund.
“The Government is continuing a full and robust consultation process from business and the community on all elements of design.”
Full story in the Spectator on Thursday, January 16, 2014