Right now, the Australian Government is running a consultation on the future of gas.

We need to send as many submissions as we can to send a clear message that gas is a climate-wrecking fossil fuel and has no place in Australia's transition to net zero. Write and send your submission now!

Important note: For the government to accept your submission, you must write that you agree to the privacy collection statement and confirm if you want your submission published publicly under your name, or kept private.

What to include in your submission

2023 is set to be the hottest year on record. There's been heatwaves in the northern hemisphere, fires across the globe and now ahead of a hot, dry summer, Australian communities and wildlife are already copping extreme heat, fires and drought. 

When gas is burnt it releases a greenhouse gas called methane, which stays in the air for a shorter time than carbon dioxide, but that is more potent than carbon dioxide. Over a 2-year period, it is up to 86 times as potent as carbon dioxide. The UN says slashing methane is the quickest way to mitigate rising temperatures. 

Put simply, for a safe climate, Australia cannot afford to keep burning gas or open any new gas export projects.

Here are some key points to communicate to the government why gas is a climate disaster:

  • New fossil fuel developments are incompatible with a safe climate. A key objective should be to reduce demand for gas. Opening any new gas projects as proposed under the Future Gas Strategy is not in line with achieving Australia's commitment to limit global warming to a 1.5 degrees celsius rise since the industrial revolution. New gas projects increase climate pollution, fuelling extreme fires, floods and droughts that put Australian communities and wildlife at great risk. The Future Gas Strategy should add an explicit objective to rapidly phase out gas, starting with a ban on new gas project extensions and approvals.
  • The biggest demand for gas is from the gas industry itself. Households are only responsible for about 3% of gas used in Australia, with the biggest demand coming from the gas industry itself to produce gas for export. The gas industry that doesn’t pay much tax, sends profits offshore, provides minimal employment and causes climate change.
  • Carbon capture and storage is unproven and unreliable. The Future Gas Strategy's proposal to use carbon capture and storage to limit the carbon emissions from gas is inherently flawed, as carbon capture and storage technology is unproven and cannot be trusted. Do not gamble with Australia's emissions.
  • We need to rapidly increase the deployment of renewables with storage, instead of expanding gas. Unlike gas, the generation of renewable energy does not create climate pollution. Prolonging the use of gas only slows Australia's transition to renewables, and the Australian Government's commitment to have renewables power 82% of Australia's electricity by 2030. In the last 12 months, renewables have produced more than four times the amount of electricity than gas.
  • Electrification is a key policy direction, and gas is incompatible. Federal and state governments are investing big to electrify households and businesses and make them more energy-efficient to reduce demand. With such a clear direction towards electrified homes and businesses, it makes no sense for Australia to increase its gas supplies.

For more information, check out ACF's submission