Fighting climate change

We are in a climate emergency and global warming threatens our way of life. This is the ‘critical decade’ and we must cut Australia’s emissions by 2030 or we will hit dangerous global warming tipping points.

The Greens will transform our energy system and bring down power bills by:

 

MOVING AUSTRALIA TO 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY BY 2030.

100% renewables by 2030 isn't just possible, it's absolutely necessary. With 100% renewables we not only stop burning coal at home, but we help other parts of the economy like transport and industry decarbonise as well. 

PHASING OUT THERMAL COAL EXPORTS BY 2030 AND BANNING ALL NEW COAL AND GAS MINES, INCLUDING ADANI.

Australia’s biggest contribution the climate breakdown is coal exports. Approximately 80 per cent of the thermal coal we dig up is exported. All our coal damages our climate – no matter where it is burned. Adam and the Greens' plan will phase out thermal coal by setting a yearly limit on coal exports from 2020 reducing each year until a full-phase out in 2030.

RE-INTRODUCING A CARBON PRICE TO DRIVE DOWN POLLUTION.

Pollution has been continually rising since the carbon price was repealed by Tony Abbott. The Greens want the carbon price to pick up where it was trashed by Tony Abbott, mirroring the European price and driving innovation, clean investment and emissions reductions right across the entire economy.

PUSHING DOWN ENERGY COSTS BY RE-REGULATING POWER PRICES AND ESTABLISHING POWER AUSTRALIA, A PUBLICLY-OWNED ENERGY RETAILER.

The Greens will re-regulate power prices to ensure that price gouging of the energy retailers is brought under control. Some of the cheapest electricity in Australia is in jurisdictions where prices are regulated, not left up to the market.

Adam and the Greens' plan also re-establishes a government-owned public retailer, Power Australia, with a mandate to work in the public interest to deliver low cost energy and drive competition, rather than being just another market player scooping up super profits. By removing the need for profit and excessive advertising, an average family would save around two hundred dollars a year.

SUPPORTING APARTMENT RESIDENTS AND RENTERS TO ACCESS SOLAR POWER WITH NEIGHBOURHOOD SOLAR PROJECTS AND SUPPORT INVESTMENT IN SOLAR BY LANDLORDS.

The $1.2 billion Solar for All program will support landlords and apartment dwellers to install rooftop solar on their property or participate in local solar gardens. This will be a win-win for renters and landlords. People on low incomes and renters will benefit from lower power prices, including from the return on selling excess solar power to the grid.

As Australia floods, dries up and burns simultaneously, our politicians aren’t acting. This is because they protect the fossil fuel industry, an industry that has given them $8.2 million in political donations since 2012. You can trust Adam and the Greens to act on climate change.

 

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