“We have some of the world’s best renewable energy resources, the best scientific research and know-how, and a skilled workforce, but we need policies to capture this opportunity.” Mark Butler, MP
Fundamental changes in global energy production pose significant challenges for Australia. In particular, as the recent Paris climate agreement highlights there is now international consensus among nation states for dramatic reductions in carbon emissions. Combined with the technological disruption of low cost renewable energy technologies, it is clear a global transition towards a low-carbon economy is now underway. While Australia has some of the world’s best renewable energy resources, scientific research and know-how, and a skilled workforce, it currently lacks policies which can harness the full potential of a low carbon future.
With Climate Change touted as one of the key issues that could affect the outcome of the next Federal election, the Shadow Environment Minister drops into the Sydney Environment Institute for a conversation about the future of climate policy in Australia and where the party stands on the issue for Australia’s future.
Professor Tony Vassallo, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Sydney
Lisette Collins PhD candidate, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
More Information: http://sydney.edu.au/enviro...