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A coal fired power station in Queensland © James Morgan / WWF

A coal fired power station in Queensland © James Morgan / WWF

One step forward, two steps back: opposites attract for renewable power deal

18 May 2015

  • coal
  • carbon pollution
  • climate change
  • energy
  • renewable energy

An agreement today between the Australian Government and Opposition to re-start investment in Australia’s renewable energy sector is one step forward for the industry, but two steps back for the Australian people and the places we love.
WWF National Manager Climate Change, Kellie Caught, said: “The Australian people and environment lose out from this agreement to cut Australia’s Renewable Energy Target.
“Renewable energy is an important driver to cutting Australia’s carbon pollution, bringing down future energy prices and creating sustainable jobs.
“Since the Government announced their intention to cut the Renewable Energy Target 18 months ago, investment in renewable energy has stalled, jobs have been lost and carbon pollution has increased in the electricity sector. 
“Today’s agreement stops the investment haemorrhage and will go some way to helping the renewable industry get back on track, but it is a massive setback to creating a healthier economy and environment.
“Our politicians have a responsibility to leave Australia in a better place. We need new measures to shift from dirty coal to renewable energy, including a commitment from all parties to at least 50% renewable energy by 2030.
“A strong renewable energy target is a win win – for the environment, for jobs, for our economy and for our kids’ futures.
WWF-Australia Media Contact:

Daniel Rockett, National Media Manager