Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Wong stands by renewable energy target

ABC News Online, Posted Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:26pm AEST 

Updated Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:27pm AEST


Climate Change Minister Penny Wong has vowed the Federal Government will bring in a renewable energy target despite mounting pressure to scrap it.

The Government wants 20 per cent of Australia's energy to come from renewable sources by 2020.

The Australian Industry Group says the target is risky and ill-conceived because it will make offsetting greenhouse gas emissions significantly more expensive.

Senator Wong says there will be consultation but the target will not be scrapped.

"It's a commitment we will be meeting," she said.

"We're very happy to consult with industry about the technicalities.

"We put out a consultation paper last month and we look forward to continuing to consult with the industries about the shape of that renewable energy target.

"But we do remain committed."

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