Mike Stevens | Nov 5, 2009

QUEENSLAND MOTORISTS will soon have the option to offset their vehicles' carbon emissions through a voluntary payment that will go toward the state's forestry projects.

As part of the new Reverse The Effect programme, motorists will receive a flyer with their car registration renewal, inviting them to make a donation based on the size of their vehicle.

Under the Reverse The Effect system - and as with many carbon trading programmes - vehicles are weighted differently depending on the amount of carbon they are likely to emit over a year.

"A moped will only cost $8 a year to offset while a light commercial van will cost $120 a year," State Environment Minister, Kate Jones said.

A regular sedan will cost $59, and low-emission hybrid vehicles will cost $28 a year.

Ms Jones said the Queensland Government will match contributions made to the programme, having allocated $4.5 million over the next five years.

The Government's ultimate goal, Ms Jones said, is to offset around 290,000 tonnes of CO2 by the time the programme is complete.


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