Our diverse organisations* together call for support for COVID economic recovery to urgently stimulate jobs and to rebuild a sustainable and strong economy.
Australia faces a public health emergency with immediate economic impacts as well as longer-lasting global economic pain. Beyond the pandemic, Australian prosperity also depends on dealing with other long-term challenges – including the transition to net zero emissions.
Economic recovery efforts can and should contribute to addressing these long term challenges.
Our organisations encourage governments to bolster their jobs and recovery strategies with measures to reduce emissions and accelerate successful energy transitions across all Australia’s regions and economic sectors.
There are many opportunities. One particularly promising area for investment is better energy efficiency and energy management. Useful upgrades could be made across Australia’s private and public housing; commercial, community and government buildings; and industrial facilities.
Improvements could include more efficient and controllable appliances and major equipment, especially for heating and cooling; improved thermal envelopes and shading; smart meters and sub-metering; distributed energy generation and storage; fuel switching; and the equipment, training and external advice needed for better energy management.
If done well, these investments would durably lower energy bills; ease strains on a rapidly changing energy system; improve health and safety during increasingly hot summers; boost the competitiveness of local manufacturers, whose value to Australia is clearer than ever; enable deeper emissions cuts – and sustain activity across a broad range of trades and industries.
SOURCE: “Building a Stronger and Cleaner Post-pandemic Australia.” Australian Conservation Foundation: Economy [website viewed 26 May 2020].
*Endorsed by: Australian Conservation Foundation ; Australian Council of Social Service ; Australian Council of Trade Unions ; Australian Energy Council ; Australian Industry Group ; Brotherhood of St Laurence ; Business Council of Australia ; Carbon Markets Institute ; Energy Efficiency Council ; Energy Users’ Association of Australia ; Investor Group on Climate Change ; Master Electricians Australia ; Property Council of Australia ; St Vincent de Paul Society ; WWF Australia
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