A report by the Climate Council of Australia, Australia’s Electricity Sector: Ageing, Inefficient and Unprepared investigates the future of Australia’s electricity sector. Watch the video for a quick overview.
Internationally, the energy sector accounts for the largest proportion of greenhouse gas (gHg) emissions, which are the main drivers of climate change. Limiting temperature rise to a global average of 2 °C, the internationally agreed level that may avoid dangerous climate change, requires large scale changes in the electricity sector and a tripling of low-carbon energy by 2050.
Yet, Australia’s electricity is largely generated by ageing, inefficient coal-fired power plants and there are currently no plans, nor a national discussion on the future of the electricity sector and options to significantly reduce its emissions. Delaying the shift to a low carbon future increases the likely risks and costs of transition to a low carbon future in the electricity sector, where it typically takes a decade or more to plan, permit, finance and build major new power infrastructure.
The Climate Council is a non-profit organisation formed on 24 September 2013 to provide accurate, independent advice to the Australian public.