In extraordinary testimony today, the Department of Industry, Science, Energy, and Resources has confirmed the Morrison Government has not estimated the economic cost of delivering emission reductions under their Technology Roadmap because the Technology Roadmap itself is not a commitment.
The Morrison Government has claimed the Technology Roadmap will “avoid in the order of 250 million tonnes of emissions per year by 2040” (Technology Roadmap, page 6).
Yet when asked about whether the Government had estimated the cost of achieving these emission reductions, the Department confirmed:
“We haven’t necessarily backed that out to imply how much investment that was going to take.”
When pressed by Senator McAllister on “why hasn’t this analysis been done,” Minister Birmingham responded: “What we have in this Technology Roadmap are projections… Don’t confuse commitments with projections.”
Senator McAllister provided the Minister with an opportunity to correct the record, but Minister Birmingham insisted “I stand by every word I said.”
The Department also confirmed the Technology Roadmap will not lead to specific or formal changes in how government technology research agencies operate, saying: “The expected impact of the Roadmap itself is by being there…. It’s not a formal change.”
The Morrison Government’s climate change policy is all announcement, no delivery.