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Big fossil fuel companies in Australia are feeding the climate crisis – threatening our future and destroying our environment, while paying no income tax, raking in billions in profit, and giving little back to our community.

Meet Australia’s 12 biggest fossil fuel polluters, the Dirty Dozen. Their dirty deeds aren’t done cheap – they’re costing us a safe future.

Tap the rotten eggs to crack into the dirty details of Australia’s most polluting fossil fuel companies.

Ready to take action? Push the Government to crack down on the Dirty Dozen by adding your name to this petition now

To: The Hon. Madeleine King, MP – Federal Minister for Resources

The Dirty Dozen are Australia’s 12 biggest fossil fuel polluters, responsible for almost 10% of our total national carbon emissions. Right now, these companies are fuelling the climate crisis, and raking in billions in profit while they’re at it.

But we have a chance to say enough is enough, and force the Dirty Dozen to start pulling their weight on cutting Australia’s emissions.  Minister King, the Australian Government needs to urgently reform the Safeguard Mechanism, and set strong emissions limits on Australia’s biggest fossil fuel polluters. 

We demand a strong Safeguard Mechanism that will: 

  • Set hard limits on industrial emissions and force the Dirty Dozen to make genuine cuts to their emissions 
  • End dodgy practices that see fossil fuel corporations pay to keep on polluting by buying cheap offsets
  • Close the door on new fossil fuel projects that would blow  the carbon budget for the Safeguard Mechanism; and 
  • Make the Dirty Dozen pull their weight on reducing emissions so that regular Australians and local businesses don’t have to pick up their slack. 

Failure to strengthen the Safeguard Mechanism will lock in more dangerous extreme weather for decades more to come, and destroy any hope of Australia making the deep cuts in emissions we need by 2030.

To avoid the worst impacts of harmful climate change, emissions must genuinely go down this decade. 

But to deal with the smoke, we must first put out the fire. 

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Keeping the spotlight on the Dirty Dozen

This video highlights some of the ways the Dirty Dozen are putting profit ahead of people and planet. Can you watch and share it now to help spread the word, and keep the spotlight firmly on the Dirty Dozen?

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What is the Safeguard Mechanism? 

The Safeguard Mechanism is the most important climate policy you’ve probably never heard of. It covers Australia’s 215 biggest polluters, including a who’s who of fossil fuel companies and big miners – like Santos, BHP, Anglo Coal, Woodside, Chevron and Rio Tinto, and aims to set genuine emissions limits on the amount that these companies can pollute. This policy is a key part of the Labor Government’s plans to cut the harmful greenhouse emissions that are driving the climate crisis. Find out more about the Safeguard Mechanism here. 

Why is the Safeguard Mechanism so important? 

Australia cannot meet our legislated emissions reductions targets and make real progress to reduce climate damage if we don’t get the Safeguard Mechanism right. The 215 big carbon polluters in the Safeguard Mechanism account for 28% of Australia’s total emissions, and must pull their weight and do their fair share of reducing national emissions. If they are allowed to do less,  Australian households, small businesses, and sectors including agriculture and manufacturing will be forced to do more. Find out more about the Safeguard Mechanism here. 

What is the Climate Council’s Dirty Dozen campaign about? 

The Climate Council is fighting hard to make sure reform of the Safeguard Mechanism is as strong as possible. Working with other climate and environment groups, we have been briefing key decision makers, and advocating for robust changes to the Safeguard Mechanism. This includes hard limits on industrial emissions, forcing companies like those in the Dirty Dozen to make genuine cuts to their emissions, and an end to dodgy practices that would see fossil fuel companies pay to keep on polluting by buying cheap offsets. Read more in our submission to the Safeguard Mechanism Review. 

What more can I do? 

The Federal Government’s draft recommendations of changes to the Safeguard Mechanism will be released in early 2023. Until then, our Dirty Dozen campaign is fighting back against the big fossil fuel corporations that want to see the policy remain weak.  Check out the video above and share it with your networks to keep the spotlight on the Dirty Dozen.

Then, stay up to date with the campaign by subscribing to our email list, or chip in a donation today to power the campaign and fight back against the Dirty Dozen.