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Leadership Forum on Energy Transition demands action



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THE HON MARK BUTLER MP SHADOW MINISTER CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY MEMBER FOR PORT ADELAIDE

LEADERSHIP FORUM ON ENERGY TRANSITION DEMANDS ACTION

Another day, another report calling on the Government to end the national energy policy vacuum.

Today, the Leadership Forum on Energy Transition released their Our Energy Future report. The forum is made up of some of the most prominent community, academic and business leaders in the country, including:

Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO Former Governor-General of Australia,

Professor Ian Jacobs (Chair) President and Vice-Chancellor, UNSW Australia,

Mr Mark Burrows AO Global investment banking and capital markets expert,

Mr Miles George Managing Director, Infigen Energy and Chair, and

Mr Andrew Vesey CEO, AGL Energy, as well as many others.

The report - Our Energy Future: A plan to transition Australia, recommends a number of actions that the Turnbull Government needs to take in order to deliver real leadership and a plan for the modernisation of our energy sector. These recommendations are already addressed under Labor’s Climate Change Action Plan, including:

Action 1: Update the electricity market rules to speed a clean energy transition.

Action 2: Facilitate a planned and orderly closure of aging coal-fired power plants.

Action 3: Accelerate the uptake of clean energy technologies and support the development of new technology.

Action 4: Create an attractive sustainable investment environment for clean energy, including policies to support new renewable investment post 2020.

Action 5: Ensure a just transition for communities and workers.

Action 6: Support vulnerable people to use energy efficiently and adjust to the energy transition.

Action 7: Increase Australia’s energy efficiency.

Action 8: Dramatically reduce climate pollution from transport.

At the election, Labor proposed a detailed policy plan to deliver a 21st Century energy system. In stark contrast, the Turnbull Government is presiding over a national energy policy vacuum because the Liberal Party is the only organisation in the country that believes the status quo is a good plan for the future.

The Government’s inaction threatens our energy security, undermines the transition in vulnerable regions like the Latrobe Valley, undermines new jobs and investment, and sabotages our ability to meet our emission reduction goals.

It is no wonder the Government prefers to distract attention by attacking political opponents rather than address the real policy issues facing our energy system.

The Our Energy Future report warns against continued government inaction, stating: “Now more than ever, Australians need leadership”.

Unfortunately, it seems clearer than ever that we will have to keep waiting for the leadership Australia desperately needs.

MONDAY, 7 NOVEMBER 2016

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