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Honda Urges Federal Government To Support Households Cut Emissions

January 12, 2009 - Honda Australia urges the Federal Government to use its new Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme to ensure that households using renewable energy can directly contribute to a reduction in national emissions.

Honda recommends that the Rudd Government implement a gross national feed-in tariff scheme, as seen in Europe, which rewards households for each kilowatt hour of clean energy they produce rather than how much they feed back in.

“Households that install solar panels will not only consume less coal-fired electricity; they will actually contribute more clean energy back into the power grid, earning the household feed-in tariffs and reducing the carbon emissions of electricity companies,” said Honda Australia’s Managing Director Stuart Strickland.

“The Federal Government’s new scheme needs to consider household energy savings and ensure that individuals can directly contribute to a reduction in national emissions, rather than carbon neutral houses just freeing up extra carbon credits for other polluters to purchase.”

“While the Government’s recently announced carbon pollution reduction target of 5 – 15% below 2000 levels by 2020 has been criticised by many as being too low, a scheme that took household emission savings into account would empower Australians to make much larger reductions themselves.”

“The Australian public is rightly concerned about climate change. The Government needs to harness the groundswell of community awareness and willingness to adopt renewable energy technology.”

“This is an opportunity to break from traditional and environmentally damaging energy sources.”

A member of the Clean Energy Council, Honda is at the forefront of the research and development of fuel efficient and alternative fuel technologies for the motor industry.

Already manufacturing solar panels using a much greener process than traditional silicon panels, Honda is also developing lithium ion batteries to power motorcycles, outboard engines and garden equipment, and currently leases hydrogen powered ‘fuel cell’ vehicles in Japan as well as the US that emit only water.

“Honda is working towards a situation where consumers can power their entire household and a Honda fuel cell vehicle using solar power. The Rudd Government needs to provide incentives for people to take up these kinds of renewable energy so we can create the necessary infrastructure to leave blue skies for our children,” said Mr Strickland.