The Australian Conservation Foundation has welcomed the Greens’ renewable energy policy, released today, which sets out a plan for Australia to get 90 per cent of its electricity from renewables by 2030.
“As world leaders head to Paris to discuss what needs to happen for the world to avoid the worst of climate change, Australia needs to get serious about shifting our energy mix,” said ACF CEO Kelly O’Shanassy.
“Australia still relies on last century’s dangerous energy sources. Pollution from coal is damaging human health and threatening our air, water, reefs, forests and wildlife.
“Australia simply cannot afford to open any new coal mines, which is why ACF is challenging the Turnbull Government’s approval of the Carmichael coal mine.
“If it goes ahead Carmichael will be the biggest coal mine ever dug in Australia.
“We believe the government made a mistake by approving the Carmichael mine and not properly considering the impact burning all that coal will have on the Great Barrier Reef.
“New coal mines are not an option and the early closure of coal-fired power stations is inevitable if global warming is to be limited to 2°C.
“Australia needs a clear plan to manage this transition.
“The Greens have today made an important contribution to the discussion Australia urgently needs to have about how we make the switch from coal to clean.
“I commend the Greens for the aspects of this policy to facilitate the rapid growth of renewable energy, as well as the elements that encourage more efficient use of energy and the $1 billion fund to help coal workers and communities through the transition period.
“ACF calls on all other political parties to soon reveal the renewable energy policies they will take to next year’s election.”