FEDERAL “TECHNOLOGY ROADMAP” WON’T REDUCE EMISSIONS, PUTS ECONOMIC RECOVERY AT RISK: EXPERTS
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S “TECHNOLOGY ROADMAP” released today puts fossil fuel companies ahead of the national interest and won’t help to bring down emissions, say experts.
The “Technology Roadmap”, launched by Minister for Energy and Emissions Angus Taylor, focuses on unproven technology such as carbon capture and storage, and polluting fossil fuel developments including further gas generation, that are fuelling climate change.
Experts and community leaders say that the Federal Government needs to stop propping up fossil fuel interests and invest in proven, reliable renewable energy, which is already bringing down Australia’s emissions and creating jobs and opportunities to power Australia’s economic recovery.
Bruce Robertson, IEEFA, can talk about why gas isn’t a viable option for the Federal Government pin its hopes on for either emissions reduction or economic recovery, and why we don’t need new gas as a ‘transition fuel’ to move to renewable energy.
Ellen Roberts, Solar Citizens, can talk about how the Federal Government is by-passing one of Australia’s economic winners by focusing on pie-in-the-sky new technology, rather than on further investment in solar technology and infrastructure, and supporting ARENA. Solar Citizens recently released a report showing that 51,000 QLD jobs are at risk due to a lack of policy support for renewable energy, with more jobs on the line if the Federal Government doesn’t support renewable energy.
Rob Law, Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance, can talk about how regional Victorian communities want the Federal Government to invest in renewables, rather than pursuing technology solutions that prop up the fossil fuel industry, and how Federal support for renewables would help to create significant jobs and investment in regional Australia.
Andrew Bray, Australian Wind Alliance, can talk about how wind and solar have made huge inroads into reducing Australian emissions, and how the Federal Government’s Technology Roadmap needs to focus on proven technology that works. In building back after COVID, we need to focus on solutions that work for the next generation, not condemn them to battling debilitating climate impacts such as extreme heat, catastrophic bushfires and flooding.
Tristan Edis, Director—Analysis and Advisory, Green Energy Markets, can talk about the policy and investment measures necessary to progress low carbon technologies, and the critical importance of renewed Federal funding for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) in order to accelerate the development of zero carbon technologies.