AUSTRALIA AND ITS PACIFIC NEIGHBOURS AGREE TO DOUBLE RENEWABLE ENERGY BY 2030
Solar Citizens has welcomed the agreement by the 21 member countries of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), including Australia, to double renewable energy by 2030.
The Ministerial statement at the conclusion of this week’s meeting states:
We will strive to attain APEC’s aspirational goal of doubling the share of renewables in the APEC energy mix, including in power generation, from 2010 levels by 2030 .
Solar Citizens National Director Claire O’Rourke said this agreement helps pave the way for Australia to become a solar powerhouse, exporting its expertise and innovation in solar energy to help APEC member countries meet their goals.
APEC countries include Australia’s near-neighbours of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, as well as the large economies of China, Japan and the United States.
“The APEC agreement to double renewable energy by 2030 shows that the solar revolution is in full motion with substantial market opportunities for solar investment in the Pacific region and at home,” she said.
“Solar Citizens calls on Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg to recognise Australia is being left behind and act immediately to set down a more ambitious solar and renewable energy goal of at least 50% by 2030.
“Australia has passed through a difficult time where bad policy and attacks on solar have held back its potential.
“Australians have been calling on the Government to act in support of renewable energy and solar power. Now it’s time for a strong commitment from the Turnbull government that gives investors certainty and unlocks the jobs and economic potential of this twenty-first century power source.
“Renewable energy can create thousands of jobs, lower power bills for Australian families and build export opportunities in skills and knowledge,” she said.
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