8 Jul 2010

Australia's ETS scheme shelved until 2013

4:07 pm on 8 July 2010

Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she will not revive the Government's emissions trading scheme until at least 2013.

Ms Gillard says her government will stick with its intention of reviewing global progress at the end of 2012 before deciding whether to proceed with the scheme, the ABC reports.

She has ruled out introducing a carbon tax, and the government's policy will aim to reduce household carbon emissions.

Labor's previous plans for an emissions trading scheme were shelved under former prime minister Kevin Rudd.

Opposition environment spokesman, Greg Hunt, described her policy as a carbon copy of the Coalition's direct action policy, while the Greens leader Bob Brown says he is disappointed there will not be a price on carbon.