Australia has an historic opportunity to build a new, export-focused manufacturing sector based on renewable energy.
As a bonus, it could enable a less politically fraught conversation about climate change. Global action on climate change is in Australia’s national interest.
But for too long, political leaders have struggled to balance the national interest with the legitimate concerns of Australians who live and work in regions that host coal mining and other carbon-intensive industries – most notably central Queensland and the Hunter Valley in NSW.
- ^ already reducing profits (theconversation.com)
- ^ Source: Grattan Institute (2020)'Start with steel: A practical plan to support carbon workers and Out emissions. (grattan.edu.au)
- ^ just transition (web.archive.org)
- ^ coal exports (www.afr.com)
- ^ Beijing (www.smh.com.au)
- ^ New Delhi (www.brisbanetimes.com.au)
- ^ How to transition from coal: 4 lessons for Australia from around the world (theconversation.com)
- ^ Start with steel (grattan.edu.au)
- ^ in place of metallurgical coal (theconversation.com)
- ^ Sources: Grattan analysis of Global Wind Atlas (2020), Global Solar Atlas (2020) and U.S. Geological Survey and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (2010) (grattan.edu.au)
- ^ Enough ambition (and hydrogen) could get Australia to 200% renewable energy (theconversation.com)
- ^ 0.3% (www.worldsteel.org)
- ^ biofuels for aviation (grattan.edu.au)
- ^ ammonia (theconversation.com)
- ^ geological structures (data.bloomberglp.com)
- ^ direct reduction (theconversation.com)
- ^ For hydrogen to be truly 'clean' it must be made with renewables, not coal (theconversation.com)
- ^ unlosable election (alp.org.au)
Authors: Tony Wood, Program Director, Energy, Grattan Institute