Renewables Nation - our plan to make Australia a Renewable Energy Exports Powerhouse
Not only does Australia have some of the best renewable energy resources in the world, we now have our best ever opportunity to harness them for national and global good.
By combining what our nation is famous for, namely, – endless sunshine, huge land area, powerful winds, world-class expertise, and strong trade relationships – with the global shift to a low carbon future, it’s a no-brainer Australia should take the lead as a renewable energy export powerhouse.
Check out the Renewable Superpower Scorecard to see how Australia’s states, territory and federal government are performing in the race to become a renewable superpower. Download the full report.
Australia can produce enough clean and affordable energy to power our whole nation, plus have plenty left over to sell to our neighbours.
There have been many debates arguing the choice between having a healthy environment and a healthy economy. As a renewable energy export powerhouse, Australia could have both. We could boost our economy, create tens of thousands of new clean energy jobs and lower our domestic carbon pollution, improving the environment for all.
And we’ve got game in this space. Australians invented Wifi, and EFTPOS, technology that is now used all over the world. The modern solar cell was invented by an Aussie, and today, Australia has one of the highest rates of household solar in the world - with one in five households having solar on their roofs. Aussie companies - big and small, and run by people like you and me - are leading the way in clean energy solutions, like grids, batteries, and electric vehicles. Australia has the tools and the solutions to become a clean energy powerhouse.
This is why WWF-Australia is calling on our leaders to make Australia the world’s leading exporter of renewable energy by 2030.
Specifically, we’re calling on all state and federal governments to:
1. Develop a costed Renewable Exports Industry Strategy
2. Accelerate the rollout of renewable energy and make it central to economic recovery plans,
3. Deliver the infrastructure, policies and incentives required to establish new clean manufacturing and renewable export industries.
4. Ensure First Nations rights are respected, and workers, regional communities and low-income earners are supported through the transition to a zero-carbon Australia.
WWF has been developing concrete policy proposals to accelerate Australia to become a renewable superpower. Read our reports:
Renewable Scorecard Report
Behind the Scorecard - WWF Technical Report
Making Australia a Renewable Export PowerhouseTasmanian submissionTechnology Roadmap SubmissionRenewable Energy Industrial Precincts Submission
Hydrogen Position Paper
How is Australia tracking?
The Renewable Superpower Scorecard presents a snapshot of how Australia’s states, territories and federal government are performing in the race to become a renewable superpower.
This scorecard is the first time Australia’s states and territories have been ranked for their progress not just in switching Australia’s domestic energy system to renewables, but also on how quickly and comprehensively they are working to establish new renewable export industries for the nation.
Learn more about the scorecard
Australia has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a renewable energy export powerhouse as we start to rebuild from COVID-19.
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