A Renewables-Led Economic Recovery



A Renewables-Led Economic Recovery for Australia

“We can and must revitalise Australia’s economy at the same time as we decarbonise. The smart energy industry is ready right now to deliver screwdriver and shovel ready projects, creating new jobs and investment across the nation,” John Grimes, CEO of the Smart Energy Council.


This is Australia’s moment - a once in a generation opportunity to build a future of resilience, opportunity and sustainable growth. The Smart Energy Council has developed '10 Ways to Revitalise and Decarbonise our Economy at the same time' outlining key themes and focus areas for a renewables-led recovery.

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Latest News

The Stimulus Summit: A Renewables-Led Economic Recovery by Smart Energy Council and RenewEconomy, brought together government, industry and experts to discuss a vision for low-carbon economic recovery led by electrification and renewable energy. This collaboration, discussion and activity is an ongoing process and evolving day by day.

Climate Council Clean Jobs Plan

NEW: Clean Jobs Plan | Climate Council (22 July 2020)

The Clean Jobs Plan shows how 12 policy opportunities can put 76,000 Australians to work, reboot the economy, and tackle longterm challenges including climate change. Implementing the Clean Jobs Plan will help people and industries that have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 crisis, especially in regional Australia.


Atlassian co-founder

ABC News (08 July 2020)

Atlassian Mike Cannon-Brookes 'renewable energy' best opportunity

ACOSS (19 June 2020)

50-plus organisations propose a smart housing installation boom to make a real difference

The Conversation

The Conversation (12 June 2020)

Putting stimulus spending to the test: 4 ways a smart government can create jobs and cut emissions

New Think Tank backed by ex-LNP ministers calls for post-Covid focus on renewables, climate

RenewEconomy (04 June 2020)

New think tank backed by ex-LNP ministers calls for post covid foocus on renewables. climate

Smart Energy Magazine - Winter 2020 (04 June 2020)

Read the Smart Energy Magazine Winter 2020 edition for a series of articles summarising the key sessions and speaker points from the Stimulus Summit: A Renewables-Led Economic Recovery, please click on the image to review.

Smart Energy Magazine

Resource Centre

Learn more about each area of the renewables-led recovery.

Renewables Jobs
Latest News

Essential reports from a united front

Explore these essential reports from ACOSS, ACF, BZE, the Climate Council, University of Technology Sydney and WWF spotlight pathways for government.

To learn more and to read the reports click on the logos and thumbnail images below.


Joint proposal

Australian Conservative FoundationACF Recover, Rebuild, Renew
Beyond Zero Emissions

The Million Jobs Plan


Climate Council

Climate Council Clean Jobs Plan


 Climate Council Primed for Action: A Resilient Recovery for Australia

Farmers for Climate Action

Farmers for Climate Action Regional Horizons

Institute for Sustainable Futures logo

ISF Renewable Energy Jobs Stage 1 Research Report

WWF Report



State & Territory Government Action

Every state and territory has now formally signed on to a net-zero emissions target by no later than 2050. Hear more directly from our State and Territory Energy Ministers here.

The Smart Energy Council welcomed 7 State and Territory Energy Ministers at the Energy Ministers' Summit held online on Wednesday 5 August 2020.

During the two-hour event, we heard from:

  • The Hon Anthony Lynham, Queensland Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy;
  • The Hon Bill Johnston, WA Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations;
  • The Hon Dan van Holst Pellakaan, SA Minister for Energy and Mining;
  • The Hon Guy Barnett, Tasmanian Minister for Energy;
  • The Hon Lily D’Ambrosio, Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change;
  • The Hon Matt Kean, NSW Minister for Energy and Environment;
  • The Hon Shane Rattenbury, ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability;
  • Wayne Smith, Government Relations Manager, Smart Energy Council; and
  • John Grimes, CEO, Smart Energy Council

Watch the full recording by clicking on the image below:


Stimulus Summit

Energy Ministers from Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and the ACT joined us online on 6 May for the Stimulus Summit: A Renewables-Led Economic Recovery.

There have been a number of long and short-term commitments to a clean energy transition, to decarbonisation, 'future industry' development, renewables job generation and economic development. Learn more from these recordings - click on the images to view.

Click on the State and Territory logos for more detail on plans and progress:

NSW Government logoNorthern Territory Government logoQueensland Government logo
SA Government logoTasmanian Government logoVictoria Government Australia logoWA Government logo

Global Perspectives

A selection of perspectives from leading global exports on how mature, developing and emerging economies can kickstart economies, leverage renewables and be sustainable post-covid-19.

Content includes reports and articles. To explore more global perspectives click here.

McKinsey & Company logoIMF logo
IRENA logoInternational Energy Agency


News Media


The Smart Energy Council’s Stimulus Summit: A Renewables-Led Economic Recovery held on 6 May 2020 brought together government, industry and exports to discuss a vision for low-carbon economic recovery led by electrification and renewable energy.

There was considerable mainstream and industry media coverage of the event, with more than 350 media clips (including syndication) mentioning the Summit. The audience also engaged on Twitter with the the hashtag #StimulusSummit trending at #2 nationally.

Further media coverage was also achieved when the Summit Recordings and Presentations were published.

To view a full Media summary and clippings - please click here.

The Guardian - Seizing the momentSMH Ross Garnaut
The GuardianThe Australian Business Review
Daily Mail 

Stimulus Summit - Wednesday 6 May 2020

The Stimulus Summit: A Renewables-Led Economic Recovery was the biggest ever online smart energy event - attracting over 3,500 delegates.

Stimulus Summit Recordings and Presentations

For more information on the Stimulus Summit including full recording and presentation material - click here

This vital program is driven by the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation and the Smart Energy Council.

Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation Smart Energy Council

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