Thursday, November 24, 2016

Australian Marine Conservation Society

Adani's QLD solar project welcome news: Now it's time for them to walk away from coal mine and port

Mon 21 November 2016

Adani is seeing the light by investing in a major Queensland solar plant, but the benefits from this solar power will be quickly overshadowed by the impact on the Great Barrier Reef from its controversial Carmichael coal mine, according to the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

According to news reports, Adani plans to invest in a major project in Moranbah southwest of Mackay which is expected to create between 600 - 1000 jobs in central Queensland.

Great Barrier Reef Campaign Director, Imogen Zethoven, said Adani’s support for solar is a logical step, considering the free sunshine that exists across the state, the rapidly dropping cost of solar technology and job creation possibilities.

“Adani should now drop all plans for a polluting, outdated coal mine in the Galilee Basin and concentrate on a renewable energy future that is rich in jobs and that will not threaten the Great Barrier Reef and the 70,000 jobs that depend on a healthy Reef.

“Adani’s Carmichael coal mine risks irreversible damage to the natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and the $6 billion tourism that relies on it.

“The burning of coal due to be produced from Adani’s Carmichael mine will result in 60 million tonnes of CO2 a year for up to 60 years, which will supercharge global warming and make the Reef’s waters hotter and more acidic.

“It will also face greater threats as the coal mine drives mounting pressure for the expansion of Abbot Point coal port and hundreds more coal ships every year plough through the Reef’s waters.

“Adani’s Carmichael mine, which represents a polluting industry of the past, will continue to be fought tooth and nail. There is already a renewable energy revolution underway, which will see more jobs than Adani will ever create through its controversial Carmichael mine.

“The Great Barrier Reef lost nearly a quarter of its corals last summer. Adani’s shift to solar is welcome, but cannot hide the massive risks to the Reef if it continues to pursue the Carmichael mine,” she said.

Imogen Zethoven is available for interview

Media contact: Monique Vandaleur  0419 588 430

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