Media release

Australian renewable energy advocates embrace Paris climate agreement

Clean energy uptake in country needs to accelerate

Australian states and cities will be vying to reap the rewards of an increase in renewable energy uptake now an international agreement to avoid dangerous global warming has been struck.

The Paris agreement acknowledges renewable energy is key to reducing pollution and limiting global warming.

Andrew Bray from the Australian Wind Alliance says the agreement signals the end of the fossil fuel era.

“The Paris talks have sharpened the world’s attention on the opportunities from renewable energy,” Mr Bray said.

“They’ve demonstrated how cities and communities are going 100% renewable, and Australia can easily and affordably do the same.

“A range of technologies are available, businesses are ready to expand and communities are understandably keen to accelerate their uptake of renewable energy.”

The Australian Solar Council’s John Grimes says the economic potential of solar in the world’s sunniest country is huge.

“The Australian Government has shown promising signs that it’s changing tack on renewable energy but now must follow through on the talk,” Mr Grimes said.

“Removing legislation in the Parliament to abolish the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation would instantly boost confidence in the sector.

“Cutting the $4 billion dollars spent on fossil fuel subsidies will also allow renewable projects to compete with coal on an even footing.”

“If the Australian Government is committed to innovation, it must be committed to clean energy,” Mr Bray said.


For interviews with Andrew and John, or to connect with Australians who are driving exciting advances within the renewables industry, contact Dinah Arndt on 0425 791 394 or Zoe Edwards on 0400 144 794.