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Clean and renewable energy

Australia is blessed with an abundance of clean renewable energy resources, such as solar, wind, wave and geothermal, which will help Australia to cut its carbon pollution.

Strong action on climate change will create hundreds of thousands of clean energy jobs for Australians and help secure our economic prosperity.

The Green Gold Rush study indicated that 500,000 new jobs could be created in Australia by 2030 in new industries like solar, wind, water and recycling.

Opportunities range from low-skill, entry-level positions to high-skill, higher-paid jobs, with potential for advancement in both skills and wages.

From engineers to construction workers, carpenters to plumbers, transport workers to surveyors – thousands of jobs will be created via a clean energy boom.

Clean energy is on track to become the third largest industrial sector globally1

These are big numbers and big opportunities, but if we don’t take strong action on climate change and invest in clean energy jobs now, the economic opportunities will pass us by.

Twenty years ago, Australia failed to support the solar technology industry. Let’s not miss out again!

Join us in demanding action on climate change.

WWF-Australia believes that governments should move urgently to:

  • Implement a pollution standard on new power plants that will prevent coal without carbon capture and storage, and encourage cleaner power plants (~450 kg/MWh); increase the renewable energy target to 40% by 2030 (currently 20% by 2020); and provide financial support to newer and more costly technologies by either setting aside part of the renewable energy target for these technologies or providing a feed-in-tariff.

WWF has commissioned global and Australian reports that show we can achieve significant pollution cuts with clean energy.

These reports show how low-carbon industries can transform and develop the energy sector in our traditional market-based economies. They conclude that out of control global warming is almost inevitable without specific action over the next five years. The point of no return is estimated to be 2014.