A NEW REPORT FROM the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) shows that Australia’s transition to net zero by 2050 is accelerating faster than expected, with the impacts of coal-closures brought forward and renewables becoming cheaper.
The AEMO 2022 Integrated System Plan, released today, also outlines further planned investments in wind and solar capacity, as well as storage and hydro, for the transition.
Climate Council Senior researcher Tim Baxter welcomed the report, saying:
“The adoption and transition of renewables will bring immense opportunity to Australians in terms of creating jobs, lowering emissions and ensuring security to our power supply. This transition is essential to protecting Australian lives.
“Renewables will be doing the major heavy lifting in getting us to net zero emissions, and it’s great to see this report supporting further ramping up of the rollout of wind and solar backed by storage, which is the cheapest form of new generation in the country.
“Off the back of an energy crisis where Australians are being forced to rely on aging and unreliable coal plants and expensive gas, it’s critical we get the transition right and move away from fossil fuels to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.”
Climate Councillor, former President of BP Australasia, former advisor to Margaret Thatcher, and energy expert Greg Bourne said:
“AEMO’s latest report reveals that the inevitable transition to renewables is speeding up. It shows wind and solar can provide more of Australia’s energy needs, as we’re seeing fossil fuels becoming more unaffordable and unreliable.
“The scenarios mapped out by AEMO also show that we can push for higher ambitions to transition even sooner than predicted. In a time of energy crisis and also seeing the consequences of a warming atmosphere, Australians want to see renewable power and storage to reduce energy prices, insulate against global energy price shocks and help avoid the worst effects of climate change.”
The Climate Council recommends that Australia cut its emissions 75 per cent (based on 2005 levels) by 2030, and aims to reach net zero by 2035.
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