Fossil Fool Bulletin • 3 December 2019
Australia’s coal-based electricity grid is one of the most polluting in the OECD, and environment groups – representing more than a million Australians – are calling for a plan to make a fast and fair shift to renewable energy
A new report from Climate Analytics shows that in order to meet its international climate change obligations, Australia needs to steeply decrease coal-based electricity generation, and phase it out within a decade
The campaign calls for leaders to make a plan to retire coal power stations and replace them with clean, renewable energy
The report, titled For Climate’s Sake: Coal Free by 2030, says Australia needs to steeply decrease coal-based electricity generation in the coming years, and phase it out entirely by 2030, to get on track to meet its national emissions reduction targets and to fulfill its obligations under the Paris Agreement.
The Australia Beyond Coal campaign is an informal collaboration of seven leading environment organisations: Environment Victoria, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, The Climate Action Network Australia, The Sunrise Project, the NSW Nature Conservation Council, and the Queensland Conservation Council. The group is inspired by the successes of the Beyond Coal campaigns in Europe and the United States, where hundreds of polluting power stations have been retired and replaced with clean energy.
Bill Hare, CEO of Climate Analytics said, “Coal, the most climate-damaging fossil fuel, still supplies about 60 per cent of Australia’s electricity, making its grid one of the most polluting among developed economies. This is likely to have a negative effect on our economic standing as investors turn away. It is becoming increasingly obvious that Australia must play its part in fighting climate change, and it could start by switching from coal to renewables in its electricity system, which will have substantial economic and environmental benefits for Australia in terms of job, lower power prices and reduced air pollution.”
Informative website, interactive maps
The Australia Beyond Coal campaign aims to raise public awareness of the facts: coal-fired power stations are responsible for a significant share of Australia’s emissions and pose risks to community health. The Australia Beyond Coal website features detailed information on coal-fired power stations across the country and the companies that own them.
• The website is available at: www.beyondcoal.org.au