Skip to content
Environment, Political

Abatement of fossil fuel pollution is not a ‘goalkeeper’ if the corporate goalkeepers always let pollution through

Solutions for Climate Australia 1 min read

At the global climate negotiations in Dubai, Australia's Climate and Energy Minister Chris Bowen said the so-called ‘abatement’ of climate pollution from burning fossil fuels - coal, gas and oil - was like a ‘goalkeeper’ that was a necessary line of defence to stop climate pollution heating the world. 

The Minister’s speech came during intense talks to break a deadlock at the COP 28 meeting on a commitment to phase-out fossil fuels.  

"We were startled by Minister Bowen’s defence of so-called ‘abatement’ of pollution. The reality on the ground is that there are now increasing numbers of frankly bullshit projects stating that they will remove pollution - after it’s been put into the atmosphere," said Dr. Barry Traill, Director of Solutions for Climate Australia.  

"Companies keep saying they can stick carbon dioxide from the air back in the ground at scale, but there’s been a litany of expensive failures trying to do this.

"Australians are being killed by climate change. People all around the world are being killed from climate change - in droughts, fires, floods and storms driven by the heating atmosphere. We need to ignore false solutions put forward by the polluting companies.

"This commentary on ‘abatement’ was especially frustrating to hear, because much of the Minister’s speech was a clear and blunt explanation of how fossil-fuels must be removed from the world’s energy systems if we are to keep to a minimum of 1.5 degrees of warming globally. 

"We applaud him for that clear-sighted call to his global colleagues. But sporting metaphors won’t help remove lots of pollution from the atmosphere. We need to sharply shift to clean, renewable energy sources." 


Contact details:

For media comment on the COP 28 negotiations please contact Barry Traill, 0448 79444 (on Dubai time) or Sophia Walter 0476 260028 (AEDT)

More from this category

  • Environment
  • 16/06/2024
  • 17:28
NSW Environment Protection Authority

NSW EPA Media Alert – EPA and Charitable Reuse Press Conference

Media Alert PRESS CONFERENCE NSW EPA Chief Executive Officer Tony Chappel will be addressing the media with Charitable Reuse Australia CEO Omer Soker about the release of a report called ‘Measuring Reuse Activity and Impacts in NSW.’ The report details how the NSW community saved $432 million last year through second-hand shopping, helping to ease the cost-of-living crisis. WHEN: 10:45am Monday 17 June, 2024 WHERE: Meet at Reverse Garbage, 30 Carrington Road, Marrickville Optional: At 11:00am transport will be provided to the Salvation Army Store, 7 Bellevue Street, Tempe. At 11:45am transport will then be provided to UTurn Reuse, 95…

  • Contains:
  • Energy, Environment
  • 15/06/2024
  • 15:37
Friends of the Earth Australia

MEDIA RELEASE: Illawarra offshore wind zone declaration good news for climate

Today the federal government officially declared the Illawarra offshore wind zone 20 kilometres off the coast of Wollongong in NSW. Environmental justice organisation Friends…

  • Contains:
  • Political
  • 15/06/2024
  • 10:30
Electrical Trades Union - Maritime Union of Australia

Offshore wind a winner for Wollongong

The Electrical Trades Union of Australia (ETU) and Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) applaud further progress toward the development of Australia’s offshore renewable energy with today’s announcement the Albanese Government has declared an offshore wind zone in the Pacific Ocean off the Illawarra in New South Wales. This announcement is another key step to delivering both energy and job security in a region home to key industrial processes that require careful long-term planning. The ETU and MUA said the Government’s commitment to building renewable infrastructure in Australia would support heavy industry with cheaper renewable electricity, maximising local content and workers,…

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time you distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.