Is consumer protection relevant to climate change?

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Is consumer protection relevant to climate change?

  1. 2. Is consumer protection relevant to climate change? Gordon Renouf CHOICE National Consumer Congress 2008
  2. 3. Overview <ul><li>Is consumer protection relevant … </li></ul><ul><li>… to public policy on Climate Change </li></ul><ul><li>… to individual consumer choices </li></ul>
  3. 4. Climate change is an externality <ul><li>“ … we should worry about costs and benefits missing from the market transaction. … our marginal pricing should reflect those externality costs accurately. </li></ul><ul><li>“ whatever society decides about the seriousness of the externality, externality charges are the most efficient way to deal with it.” </li></ul>
  4. 5. .. Voluntary action also essential <ul><li>Shaky information about cost </li></ul><ul><li>Taxes and standards are negotiated </li></ul><ul><li>Policy responses are delayed </li></ul><ul><li>Voluntary action promotes innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Need integrated public and vol action </li></ul>
  5. 6. Consumers and government action <ul><li>Consumers pay the price of policy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>… we don’t want a lemon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… equity is important </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consumer voice </li></ul>
  6. 7. Consumer action <ul><li>Consumer’s right to choose </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Participation builds constituency for change </li></ul>
  7. 8. Consumers are interested but confused <ul><li>75% of US/UK consumers are concerned about climate change but don’t know what they can do to make a difference </li></ul>www.consumersinternational.org/climate
  8. 9. Supporting consumer action <ul><li>Confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>200 claims on non-food in one small supermarket </li></ul><ul><li>61% of companies expect to increase profits </li></ul>How significant is green marketing?
  10. 11. Greenwash? Not so eco credit card .The CHOICE shonky for Greenwash Regulator probes Woolies' green claim
  11. 12. Responding to Greenwash <ul><li>ACCC Guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>+ accurate information about alternatives </li></ul><ul><li>+ choice restriction </li></ul>
  12. 13. Dob in a dodgy green claim
  13. 14. Conclusions <ul><li>Consumers need to heard in policy development </li></ul>
  14. 15. Conclusions <ul><li>Consumers need to heard in policy development </li></ul><ul><li>Mandatory responses and voluntary responses should be mutually reinforcing </li></ul>
  15. 16. Conclusions <ul><li>Consumers need to heard in policy development </li></ul><ul><li>Mandatory responses and voluntary responses should be mutually reinforcing </li></ul><ul><li>Good consumer protection is VITAL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to protect consumers’ rights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to activate competition and innovation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to ‘save the planet’ </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. Thank you www.choice.com.au Going carbon neutral? Price comparison: Green Power Greywater systems Getting around on a bike Carbon offsets for flights Fairtrade: Why it makes a difference Recent Choice Stories

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