The Climate Council outlines 10 steps to exceed the government’s 43% emissions reduction target

The federal government’s climate target is now enshrined in law.

This means that by 2030, Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions must be 43% lower than in 2005.

While it is stronger than the 26-28% target it is replacing, the bill only got the support it required from the cross bench under the condition that the 43% was a floor, not a ceiling.

Today, the Climate Council released what it calls a “plug-and-play” road map to allow politicians to break through the ceiling.

According to the report, 10 The “breakthrough” targets can begin to drive emissions to a 75% reduction from 2005 levels by 2030 and to reach “net zero emissions soon after”.

“What we are proposing here is a plan to see pollution decrease much faster,” said Climate Council Chief Executive Amanda McKenzie.

“We’ve had 10 years of inactivity, so there’s a lot to catch up.”

100% renewable grid supply.

The burning of fossil fuels is the largest contributor to greenhouse gases in Australia. So, getting enough renewable energy online to meet grid demand is where the biggest gains can be made.

But we don’t just need enough electricity to meet today’s needs. The data cited in today’s report estimates that we will use around 42% more electricity by 2031.

The Climate Council says we should aim for a 75% reduction in emissions by 2030.(ABC: Stuart Stansfield)

The top taxi out of the rankings on the Climate Council’s 10 list is aiming for nearly 100% renewable energy by 2030.

It is a huge undertaking, requiring not only investments in clean energy technology, but also an increase in transmission by a total length of about “24 times” the current system.

At present, the federal government estimates $ 20 billion Rewiring the nation investments should bring about 82% penetration of renewables by 2030.

While this is a good start, Climate Council economist Nicki Hutley said we need to be more ambitious.

“Nothing is done unless it is planned to be done. I would prefer we do it [for more renewables] and I missed a little “.

A graph.
The 10 “game changes” proposed by the Climate Council which, according to them, can lead us on the right path to a 75% reduction in emissions by 2030.(Supplied by: Climate Council)

Increase the accumulation of energy

When the sun is not shining and the wind is not blowing, we can still get our electricity from renewable sources, provided we have sufficient reserves.

Alongside a renewable energy target, today’s report said there had to be a renewable energy storage objective “by the end of 2023”.

Pipes that go down to the water
Increasing storage capacity is key to the clean energy transition.(Included: Snowy Hydro )

Storage options include “pumped hydropower, grid-scale batteries, community batteries and behind-the-meter batteries that are part of a virtual power plant – any accessible and controllable battery system to support grid security and resilience.” “.

Adequate storage space is critical to providing network support and stability.

“You can’t have one without the other. It’s the proverbial horse and carriage,” said Mrs. Hutley.

Support coal communities in the transition

Another recommendation is that public funding for coal, oil and gas should stop.

Ms Hutley said we shouldn’t support fossil fuel companies with public finances “any more than we do big tobacco.”

“In the last few years, [public funding for the fossil fuel industry] an average of about $ 11 billion a year, “he said.

“[Stopping that funding] it will not carry over the budget in surplus, but it is a significant amount “.

An open cast coal mine.
Many coal industry skills can be transferred to clean energy jobs.(Included: John Krey / Hunter Valley Protection Alliance)

At the same time, however, the report stressed the importance of supporting coal and gas communities in the transition to clean energy industries and to improve workers’ skills for those jobs.

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