Cutting pollution & investing in clean energy
Global warming threatens our way of life. Scientists tell us that this is the ‘critical decade’ – and that we must cut back Australia’s pollution urgently to reach zero net pollution by the middle of this century. The International Energy Agency says that we must keep over two-thirds of existing coal and gas reserves in the ground.
The Greens stand for:
- No new coal
- A fair price for solar power
- Boosting the Clean Energy Finance Corporation
- 90% renewable energy by 2030
The Renewable Energy Target (RET)
After years of maintaining a successful Renewable Energy Target, Labor did a dirty deal with the Coalition to cut the RET by nearly 20% - a move that will see investment in renewable energy across the country plummet. The final deal allows the burning of wood from our native forests to count as 'renewable' energy. The Greens will reverse these cuts and increase the Renewable Energy Target to 90% by 2030.
Renewable energy zones
Australia's future economy will be powered by clean renewable energy. The Greens will build new infrastructure, connecting the existing power network to Australia’s renewable-energy ‘hot spots’.
Neighbourhood solar power
Many people in Melbourne live in an apartment or rent, which can make it difficult to install renewable energy. The Greens would fund "neighbourhood solar" projects so that communities could pool their resources and buy bigger renewable projects, as has been done in the Hepburn Shire around Daylesford. Melburnians could each own a piece of a big solar plant on a factory in the city!
High Speed Rail for Melbourne
A report commissioned by the Australian Greens identifies a range of benefits totalling $48 billion from a high-speed rail network on the east coast. Besides direct benefits to rail users and operators, these include indirect benefits to society, such as fewer accidents, lower greenhouse gas emissions, less air and noise pollution, less congestion on roads and at airports, and substantial time savings to users.
As part of the agreement to support the minority Labor government, the Australian Greens secured a $20 million feasibility study into high-speed rail. We will get high-speed rail on track by establishing an authority to begin the construction of the high-speed rail network.