Australia Is Getting Behind Renewable Energy On A Global Scale
It has been a massive year for solar and renewable energy in Australia, with the federal government looking to improve our position on the global stage. As a country that generates massive amounts of money from the export of coal and gas, the transition to renewable energy has certainly been a tough sell. While residential solar has been well and truly adopted by everyday Aussies, the real challenge was getting both the government and massive mining conglomerates on side to make the transition.
The Green Future Index rates countries in terms of how they are shifting towards an economy that is environmentally sustainable. Produced by MIT, the 2022 index listed Australia 52nd out of 76 nations, a paltry showing for a country capable of being a leader in this field. The shift in governments has seen a greater emphasis on improving this position, with new PM Albanese meeting with world leaders to discuss our position and what steps could be taken to improve it.
His government has also seen fit to raise our 2030 emissions reduction target earlier this year. Previously set to an extremely low effort of 26-28%, the new target of 43% has been welcomed almost across the board by both residents and business. It is also a positive step towards strengthening the relationship between Australia and other Pacific leaders. These relations have been strained due to Australia dragging its feet in terms of climate change which other leaders in the region have labelled as their greatest threat.