Australia to be 100% Renewable by 2050

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Australia could source 100% of it’s power from renewables by the year 2050 according to a new report published by the Australian National University.

The report, which was commissioned by WWF Australia, focused on how the country could reduce its net emissions without incurring significant costs or harming the country’s economy.

The report outlined that Australia’s reliance upon fossil fuels for affordable and widespread energy was unnecessary and that 100% renewable energy could undoubtedly be supplied through existing renewable technologies such as solar panels and wind turbines.

One of the author’s of the report, Associate Professor Frank Jotzo, from Australian National University stated: 

“Deep cuts to Australia’s emissions can be achieved, at a low cost,”

“With our abundant renewable resources we are one of the best placed countries in the world for moving to a fully renewable electricity supply. Australia can achieve zero net emissions by harnessing energy efficiency, moving to a zero-carbon electricity system, switching from direct use of fossil fuels to decarbonised electricity, and improving industrial processes.” 

Kellie Caught, Climate Change National Manager for WWF-Australia, also added; “Australia needs to do its fair share to help limit global warming to well below 2 degrees warming to keep Australia great,” “We need an ambitious, science-based pollution reduction target so that we can ensure Australia’s natural beauty will still be around for our children and future generations.” 

And according to Caught, the solution is clear: “set an ambitious long-term goal for reducing carbon pollution, and take decisive action to make it happen. That’s the kind of leadership hardworking taxpayers deserve – let’s commit to leaving things better than we found them.” 

If Australia achieves the ambitious reduction, the benefits would include reduced air pollution, improved health effects and increased energy security for the country, along with protection from future climate change.

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