A Renewables-Led Economic Recovery



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

Three essential reports highlight the pathway for governments.

  • The Australian Conservation Foundation - Recover, Rebuild, Renew
  • Beyond Zero Emissions - The Million Jobs Plan
  • Climate Council - Primed for Action: A Resilient Recovery for Australia
  • Farmers for Climate Action - 

Australian Conservative Foundation

Recover, Rebuild, Renew

“At this critical moment in Australia’s history there is a serious risk our governments will be so determined to get everything back up and running quickly that we will repeat the mistakes of the past” - ACF Chief Executive Kelly O’Shanassy.

The Recover, Rebuild, Renew, report released on 14 May 2020 by Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), sets out ways governments can:

Recover by creating jobs

  • upgrading all publicly-owned buildings and operations so they are energy efficient and renewable
  • weatherproofing houses across Australia
  • building a residential and business battery storage program
  • building electric vehicle infrastructure across the country.

Rebuild by

  • establishing a National Environmental Fund to support wildlife and ecosystem recovery and long-term nature protection
  • creating conservation tax incentives and strong environment protection laws
  • boosting electric vehicles and sustainable transport
  • supporting businesses to invest in solar and storage
  • increasing investment in sustainable industries by reallocating fossil fuel subsidies.

Renew by

  • fast-tracking electricity transmission infrastructure for low cost, reliable clean energy
  • funding and supporting shovel-ready energy storage projects, including large-scale batteries and pumped hydro
  • supporting large-scale wind energy generation 
  • expanding electric, public and active transport investment and manufacturing
  • getting Australia exporting renewable energy to the world.

READ Recover, Rebuild, Renew click here or on the image below. To learn more visit: www.acf.org.au


Beyond Zero Emissions

The Million Jobs Plan

"Australia can create millions of jobs by becoming a renewable energy superpower" - Chair and interim CEO, Beyond Zero Emissions Eytan Lenko.

Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) vision for The Million Jobs Plan was presented on May 6th, 2020 by chair and interim CEO Eytan Lenko at the Smart Energy Council‘s Stimulus Summit.

The Million Jobs Plan was officially launched on 29 June 2020. Two briefing papers have also been launched with several more to be released in July and August. Download the plan - click here or on the image below. To learn more visit: bze.org.au/the-million-jobs-plan

Briefing Papers

BZE Million Jobs Plan Briefing Paper 1

BZE Million Jobs Plan Briefing Paper 2


Climate Council

Primed for Action: A Resilient Recovery for Australia

On 21 May 2020, the Climate Council released a new report - Primed for Action: A Resilient Recover for Australia.

This short report outlines the Climate Council's response to the COVID-19 crisis and shows that as Australia reboots its economy, there is remarkable potential for that economic recovery to occur through climate acrtion. A gas-led economic recovery is poorly suited to the task at hand. A reorientation toward net zero emissions is a fundamental requirement of Australia’s COVID-19 recovery to deal with the two crises of economic recovery and climate change.

Watch the Primed for Action video below.

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT here or click on the image below.

Primed for Action: A Resilient Recovery for Australia

To learn more visit: www.climatecouncil.org.au/

Farmers for Climate Action

Regional Horizons: Farming communities leading the recovery

Rural and regional Australia stands at a crossroads

With our clear natural advantages, a history of world-class research and innovation, and talented people, we have a once in a generation opportunity to build a future of resilience, opportunity and sustainable growth.

Regional Australia is responsible for about 40 per cent of the nation’s economic output and provides jobs for around one third of Australia’s workforce. It is the backbone of Australian agriculture, which seeks to grow from a value of around $60 billion to $100 billion over the next decade.

Drawing on the power and experience of farming communities, Australia can emerge as a global leader becoming a renewable energy superpower, maintaining and improving agricultural productivity, assuring food security while exploring new opportunities. We can accelerate large-scale investment in landscape repair, build adaptable, resilient communities, and cut emissions.

Released in May by Farmers for Climate Action, the Regional Horizons extensive five-year $1.8 billion programprogram creates new opportunities for jobs and industries, while building a climate-smart rural and regional Australia.

The program is designed to build on existing successes, networks and investments and provides policy integration and certainty, making possible private, public and community led innovation.

Regional Horizons is underpinned by four core areas of work:

  1. The development and delivery of the National Climate Change and Agriculture Work Plan, which all state and federal Agriculture Ministers have already agreed to. Done well, the plan could play an important role coordinating efforts to promote climate-smart agriculture and build regional resilience to drought, fire and other mounting risks
  2. A new Land and Environment Investment Fund (LEIF), working from the successful Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), to support innovation, attract large-scale investment, reward ecosystem services, and promote climate solutions and resilience on the land.
  3. Regional Resilience Hub Network, to strengthen and diversify existing learning networks, encourage innovation, and empower regional communities with choices in a changing climate.
  4. Regional Energy Transition Program, to promote and support community-based, clean energy developments, and modernise and decentralise power grids.

The Results

Regional Horizons will help to deliver:

  • A regional boom as new industries flourish, creating tens of thousands of new, well-paying jobs, and attracting new people and fresh talent to rural areas, with flow-on benefits for whole communities.
  • Prudent investment in climate-smart farms, doing more and better with less environmental impact, and regenerating natural and social capital. Resource use is highly efficient, with more and more farms having added clean energy to their portfolios.
  • A thriving landscape carbon industry, generating up to $10.4 billion in revenue and up to 15,750 jobs by 2030. Carbon storage in trees and soil is emerging as a significant new export industry and another income stream for many farmers.
  • Greater farmer resilience, farm performance and efficiency, better enabling them to weather a changing climate.

Read the report

Regional Horizons report

Download the Regional Horizons report and learn more here https://farmersforclimateaction.org.au/portfolio/regional-horizons/

Institute for Sustainable Futures logo

To get an accurate sense of the scale and nature of this boost for employment, the Clean Energy Council commissioned the Institute of Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology Sydney, to research current practice and make informed projections for the future. The results were then applied to the scenarios used by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) in its draft Integrated Systems Plan (ISP) to estimate the resulting job creation into the future.




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