Renewable energy in Australia – 20% by 2020: can this be achieved?

Froome, Craig (2009). Renewable energy in Australia – 20% by 2020: can this be achieved?. In: Proceedings of the Environmental Research Event 2009, Noosa, QLD. Environmental Research Event 2009, Noosa Heads, Queensland, (1-8). 10-13th May 2009.

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Author Froome, Craig
Title of paper Renewable energy in Australia – 20% by 2020: can this be achieved?
Conference name Environmental Research Event 2009
Conference location Noosa Heads, Queensland
Conference dates 10-13th May 2009
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Environmental Research Event 2009, Noosa, QLD
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The Federal Government has proposed both the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and Renewable Energy Target as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the deployment of clean and renewable energy technologies. As we have seen by the reduction targets proposed, the Government is still giving priority to economic considerations over environmental concerns. The 20% target proposed has been quantified at 45,000 GWh, an increase of 35,500 GWh above the current required target of 9,500 GWh by 2010. Whilst there is no doubt that Australia has sufficient resources to meet this goal, the questions that need to be answered are whether the policies proposed by the Government will be sufficient to drive private investment into this sector, whether the technology to be relied upon will be able to deliver within the time frame set and whether there is or will be sufficient infrastructure to meet this goal. These issues cut across a number of disciplines including environmental, engineering and economic analysis. This paper highlights those issues which will require greater research and discussion between industry, society and all levels of government to ensure that we are able to meet the targets set and demonstrate on an international basis that as a country we are now willing to address global concerns.
Subjects 0502 Environmental Science and Management
Keyword renewable energy
carbon pollution reduction scheme
renewable energy target
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

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