WWF-Australia has welcomed the announced review of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) as an opportunity to look at how it can be strengthened to help us cut carbon pollution and provide cleaner energy.
“The world is undergoing a renewable energy revolution, and Australia is in a great position to become a low cost provider of renewable energy, if we strengthen programs like the RET scheme,” WWF-Australias Climate Change National Manager Kellie Caught said.
“This is an opportunity for the Government to deliver on the strong public support for renewable energy, demonstrated by the significant uptake of solar panels and national polling.
“Australians can see the great potential in renewable energy: it reduces the cost of electricity, cuts our carbon pollution and improves people’s health.
“Strengthening the RET will be critical if the Government is successful in repealing Australia’s emissions trading scheme, as the proposed alternate Emissions Reduction Fund is currently not designed to support transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy in the electricity sector.
“WWF will be calling on the Government to extend and increase the RET to 50% by 2030.”