Extract from an article by Gordon Weiss
Now that the closing date has passed for submissions to the 2017 Review of climate policies, we begin the wait to see how the Government will address the dual challenges of meeting our 2030 national emissions reductions target and ensuring a smooth transition to a clean energy future.
Energetics’ submission include the findings from modelling of a number of policy-related issues. Firstly, it is clear that Australia’s energy sector must be the source of the bulk of emissions reductions achieved through to 2030 if we are to reach our national target.
Secondly, across a number of energy productivity improvement scenarios we found that the associated reductions in demand (together with well-established market forces driving uptake) will drive decarbonisation of Australia’s energy systems over the period through to 2030.
In this article we step through these insights and their implications in more detail. Two thirds of Australia’s emissions reductions need to come from the energy sector
The energy sector (electricity, fuel combusted for stationary energy and fuel combusted for transport) must deliver the bulk of the abatement needed to meet the 2030 target, as can be seen in Figure 1. The horizontal line shows where emissions must be to achieve the 2030 target..(continues)
SOURCE: Gordon Weiss, “Achieving our 2030 emissions reduction target: it’s all about energy”, Renew Economy, 09 May 2017
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