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Australian Greens forge ahead in plan for transitioning the Australian economy away from coal

Media Release
Larissa Waters 3 Nov 2016

The Australian Greens have successfully moved for an examination of the plan to retire coal fired power stations and plans for a just transition for effected workers.

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale said that the Government’s head-in-the-sand approach to climate policy is an international embarrassment.

“Malcolm Turnbull doesn’t have a plan to address climate change and he doesn’t have a plan to transition Australia’s economy away from coal-fired power and into cleaner, sustainable, jobs rich renewables.

“We need a plan for the orderly phase out of coal-fired power stations as we make the inevitable transition to clean energy,” he said.

Greens Senator Larissa Waters will be Chairing the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee conducting the inquiry.

“If we don’t have a plan, workers, communities and the future of our energy system will be left to the chaos of the marke

“Communities in Central Queensland, the Hunter, the Latrobe Valley, Collie in WA and all across Australia must not be left behind by this transition,” Senator Waters said.

The interim report is due by 28 November 2016 , with final report by 1 February 2017.

Full terms of reference:

  1. The following matter be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and interim report by 28 November 2016 and final report by1 February 2017:
  2. The experience of closures of electricity generators and other large industrial assets on workers and communities, both in Australia and overseas.
  3. the role that alternative mechanisms can play in alleviating and minimising the economic, social and community costs of large electricity generation and other industrial asset closures, drawing on experiences in Australia and overseas;
  4. Policy mechanisms to encourage the retirement of coal-fired power stations from the National Electricity Market, having regard to:
    1. the ‘Paris Agreement’ to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, and ideally below 1.5 degrees;
    2. the state and expected life span of Australia’s coal-fired power plants;
    3. the increasing amount of electricity generated by renewable energy and likely future electricity demand;
    4. maintenance of electricity supply, affordability and security;
    5. any other relevant matters;
  5. Policy mechanisms to give effect to a ‘just transition’ for affected workers and communities likely impacted by generator closures, as agreed in the ‘Paris Agreement’, including;
    1. Mechanisms to ensure minimal community and individual impact from closures, and
    2. Mechanisms to attract new investment and jobs in affected regions and communities,
  6. The appropriate role for the Federal Government in respect of  the above; and
  7. Any other relevant matters.

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