Renewables nation

Making Australia a Renewable Energy Exports Powerhouse

WWF-Australia believes Australia should be a renewable energy superpower and we’re calling on everyone to help us become one.

Renewables nation

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.

 

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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.

 

Renewable Energy Scorecard

  

  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.

 

  Explore the benefits of a renewable-led recovery

 

There are renewable energy opportunities right across Australia, in every State and Territory. Here's just some of them:

Renewable energy map

 

 

Help Regenerate Australia as we emerge from the twin disasters of 2020 by making a donation to our Renewables Nation campaign today. Your generous support will supercharge our plan to future-proof Australia for people and nature.

 
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What is “A Zero Carbon Future”

“A Zero Carbon Future” is how we describe a world that has transitioned away from burning fossil-fuel and into the a clean energy future.

There are many things we need to do to get to this point, and doing them will create jobs and export opportunities, and lower the cost of electricity.

For example, we’ll need to convert all our factories to run on renewable power. Electric vehicles will become the norm for commuters, but so will electric trucks delivering produce to your supermarket, which will be solar-powered too.

 

WWF's plan also includes creating dedicated “mega renewables zones” where large-scale renewable power projects share fields with sheep, crops, and grazing, and are integrated with traditional land management practices. These would replace our need to burn fossil-fuels for energy.

If we do all this well, we could be the world’s number one exporter of renewable fuels and ‘solar-powered’ products and commoditites.


Industrial solar power station © Shutterstock / ktksrh / WWF

What are renewable energy exports?


Australia can become the world’s number one exporter of renewable energy and related products and expertise by 2030.

Export products include renewable hydrogen-based fuels and direct solar power via undersea cables. We can export our expertise in engineering, business, legal and finance; and new hardware and software solutions for demand management, microgrids and the grid integration of renewables.

 

There are huge opportunities to export education, training and the potential to create vast new onshore manufacturing industries and tens of thousands of jobs.


six types of renewable exports

How can you have 700% renewables?

We can calculate it as follows:
1. 100% renewables: refers to the capacity needed to meet Australia’s current electricity demand.

2. 100-200% renewables: refers to step one above, plus the capacity needed to power Australia’s current transport, industry and building needs (away from gas, coal and oil).

3. 200-700% renewables: refers to the capacity needed to achieve steps one and two above, plus enough to:
- Create hydrogen fuels for export;
- Send solar power via sea cables to Southeast Asia; and
- Manufacture new solar powered products.


Solar panel with sunset background © Shutterstock / foxbat / WWF
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WWF is calling on governments to:

1. Develop a costed Renewable Exports Industry Strategy for their jurisdictions.
2. Accelerate the rollout of renewable energy and make it central to economic recovery plans, to create a zero-carbon future and a safer climate for all.
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.

The following companies and organisations that are championing the call for Australia to become a renewable energy superpower.

Get in touch with us to learn how your business can get involved.

 

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