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Carbon trading delay generates mixed response

Carbon trading delay generates mixed response

The Federal Government's delayed Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) receives a disparate response from the IT industry

The Federal Government’s delayed Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) has generated disparate responses from the IT industry.

Due to the global economic climate, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced the proposed ETS rollout will be pushed back one year, to 2011.

For some companies that have presented themselves as environmentally aware, opinions are divided over what the late ETS commencement means for their businesses. Canberra Data Centres (CDC), whose website openly advertises its offerings as an aid to ETS compliance, was in favour of the scheme but expressed disapproval over the hold up.

“We are already compliant so this delay is not optimal for us,” CDC managing director, Greg Boorer, said. “We would have preferred the ETS to start at its previous time because it would have given us a more competitive advantage.”

Prima Consulting, which offers Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) compliance services to enterprise customers, also considered the ETS delay a bad move.

“In terms of business councils lobbying the Government around additional costs and different implementation strategies, we don’t believe the scheme is a difficult solution to enforce,” managing director, Robert Riegert, said.

Despite the ETS setback, Riegert did not expect a drop in the company’s CPRS service uptake and cited legislation and corporate branding as major driving forces.

“I see a greater demand for our services,” he said. “Compliance levels are probably going to come down and more companies will be caught in the net.

“Corporate branding is also a factor, as well as legislations that involve suppliers of heavy emitters in the scheme.”


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