We urgently need $100bn for renewable energy. But call it statecraft, not ‘industry policy’

Mon, 16 Oct 2023 12:50:50 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"This week, a diverse group of organisations called on the Australian federal
government to establish a A$100 billion, ten-year policy package to turbocharge
Australia’s green energy transition.

Proposed by groups including the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Australian
Conservation Foundation, Climate Energy Finance, Rewiring Australia and the
Smart Energy Council, the Australian Renewable Industry Package (ARIP) would
dwarf the government’s existing commitments.

Its proponents claim that by 2035, the package would generate at least $300
billion annual clean export revenue and 700,000 much needed jobs, mainly in
rural and regional Australia.

So will Australian policymakers from across the political spectrum heed this
call and agree to spend big on Australia’s green energy industry capabilities?

If we want policymakers to unify and to act, we have to use language that
widely resonates. This, we argue, must be the language of green energy
statecraft, not industry policy."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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