Safeguard mechanism improvements are a good first step, but more needed to protect health

Monday 27 March 2023

Roland Sapsford, CEO of the Climate and Health Alliance:
"The Climate and Health Alliance commends the new agreement to significantly improve the safeguard mechanism. The hard cap on emissions, tougher regulations on offsets and reducing subsidies are all important improvements towards meaningful climate action."
"This is a good step forward, but stronger science-based policies which align with our international obligations are necessary to protect population and planetary health."
"Fossil fuels are dangerous for our health at every stage of their production and combustion. Replacing them will have immediate health benefits for all Australians with cleaner air and water, and contribute to a stable and safe climate future.
"We look forward to continuing work with the Australian government to maximise the synergies between good climate policy and public health policy."