The effects of climate change are having and will continue to have severe and destructive effects on Australians and humanity as a whole. The consequences of not acting are far greater than the costs of taking the action.

  • Reason demands that the federal government declare a climate emergency!
  • Reason supports the recommendations of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); we must act now to negate the effects of climate change, and divest from all fossil fuel exploration, mining and exports.
  • Reason supports aiming for zero carbon by 2030.
  • Reason endorses the principle of climate justice for all Australians.
  • Reason supports the investment in direct solar energy, wind energy, and ocean energy as replacement for fossil fuel energy systems. This can be done by:
    • the facilitation of energy access, particularly for rural areas
    • we can advance energy security goals by diversifying the portfolio of energy technologies and resources, and
    • improve social and economic development through potential employment opportunities.
    • Reason supports the funding of electric infrastructure, Australia wide that supports renewable energy outlay, with costs augmented by a feed in tariff system, where this is not applicable then quota policies can be effective and efficient.
  • Reason calls for the government to ensure incentives to reduce emissions in large industrial facilities to drive systemic change.
  • Reason believes the federal government should establish an Industrial Transformation Future Fund to support low- and zero-emissions industrial asset replacements from the 2030s onwards.
  • Reason believes the federal government must commit to put in place the building blocks of large-scale industrial transformation in the 2030s and 2040s.
  • Reason supports rapidly transitioning Australia to an electric economy, testing all options for reducing heavy vehicle and aviation emissions.
  • Reason supports transitioning the coal industry to decentralised green energy production as an export to the world, taking advantage of Australia’s green technology resources advantage.
  • Reason supports ending the sale of new petrol-fuelled cars in Australia by 2030 and ensure buildings and the electricity grid are electric vehicle-ready.
  • Reason supports federal government subsidies for production and sale of electric vehicles, removing price barriers for consumers and stimulating local industry.
  • Reason supports renewable power generation over mining and resource-intensive power production methods such as coal, gas, and nuclear.
  • Reason supports increasing the truck width limit in Australia from 2.5m to 2.6m, so low-emissions models made for the EU or US (which allow wider trucks) can be used in Australia without expensive modifications.
  • Reason supports targeted trials of zero-emissions trucks, to assess their performance under Australian conditions and practices.
  • Reason supports imposing a renewable hydrocarbon standard for diesel, aviation fuel, and shipping fuel.