Smaller items, like newspapers and magazines, could help reduce the impact of climate change, according to a new report from the Australian Council for Science.
Key points: The report suggests the laws could be introduced within six months of the state election, or as soon as the next federal election is held, as a means of reducing litter and emissions Large-scale packaging and packaging systems could be rolled out within two years, and could reduce the environmental impact of transport Large-volume shipping could be phased out by 2050, the report suggests Smaller things could help to reduce the climate change impact Small items, such as newspapers and newspapers, could reduce emissions by reducing the amount of air that gets into the environment by reducing its movement and its time in transit.
The Climate Leadership Council (CLC) report, which has been released ahead of the NSW election, suggests the new laws could have a “material impact” on reducing climate change by increasing litter and carbon emissions.
The council is also recommending that large-scale container shipping systems be phased-out within two to three years.
It’s also recommended that all new construction, including that on rail, port and airport terminals, be made in a way that minimises the environmental impacts of shipping, with a focus on using natural materials to reduce materials.
The Council says it will use the report to encourage the states and territories to enact legislation to introduce the legislation.
“The report is a timely reminder that the environment and climate are both very real and the states have a huge opportunity to take action to help reduce their emissions and minimise their impacts,” Associate Director at the CLC, Dr Mark Prentice, said.
“While there are clear and urgent steps the states are taking to reduce emissions, the Government has been slow to act on the issue and we believe this report offers a timely opportunity to accelerate this process.”
He said the report was also an opportunity to “help make the case for a new set of laws” to address climate change and “make sure the new infrastructure and new products we need for our future are produced with natural materials”.
“These small things can be the most significant changes to our emissions and our environment,” Dr Prentice said.
The CLC report said a major factor in reducing the impact on Australia of climate changes was the removal of a large number of large-volume commercial ships from Australian waters, which now account for over 80 per cent of all marine shipping.
“It’s important that we do everything we can to reduce shipping and packaging on Australian waters,” Dr Mark said.
He said it was also important to look at how the new legislation would help mitigate the impact climate change would have on the Australian economy, particularly in relation to the impact it would have in relation, for example, to mining and the oil and gas industry.
“This is a very good opportunity to see how small things, such an item as a newspaper or a magazine, can be used to reduce carbon emissions,” Dr John Lachance said.
Key points:Smaller items could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.7 to 2.7 per cent, compared with the existing system, by the end of the centurySmaller products could reduce litter and increase the amount time in transportLarge-volume container shipping could also be phasedout by 2050The report says there are several other things it recommends the states do, including adopting the new packaging and shipping systems to minimise the environmental effects of transport, making sure all new building is made using natural material, making the roads and ports safer, and making sure our food and drink supply chains are sustainable.
“These changes would have a material impact on reducing the climate impact of shipping,” Dr Lachances said.
Dr Prentice agreed that a new approach to packaging and transport was essential for the future, and that this could be achieved through legislation.
“These changes are a good example of how small changes can have a big impact, and we think that there is a real opportunity to get these right,” he said.
Read more:The report recommends the Government use the opportunity to introduce legislation to enact the legislation within six to 12 months of a state election.
“We are working with the states, and looking at how we can help them move forward and make sure that their laws are enacted as quickly as possible,” Dr Jack Williams said.