Renewable Energy Superpower

The world is moving from the fossil energy era to the renewable energy era and Australia has a unique advantage: unparalleled resources in solar and wind energy.

The transition to a low-carbon world will bring major changes to the energy system, international trade and the distribution of energy-intensive production across the world. The International Energy Agency forecasts the new era will be fuelled by $US2.5 trillion of annual investment in clean energy.

Beyond Zero Emissions explores Australia’s unique advantage in our Renewable Energy Superpower report (2015), which estimates that Australia’s potential to generate solar and wind energy is more than 5000 exajoules. That’s 75% greater than the country’s combined reserves of coal, gas, oil and uranium, and enough to power the world for ten years.

This puts Australia in a prime position to create jobs and attract investment.

The renewable energy era will bring about three phases of economic opportunity:

  1. the transition to renewable energy
  2. the migration of energy-intensive industries like aluminium to countries with abundant and cheap renewable energy
  3. the development of export markets in zero carbon fuels such as renewable electricity and hydrogen.

Comparison of energy resources in Australia

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BEYOND ZERO EMISSIONS

Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) is an internationally recognised climate change think tank, providing independent and ambitious climate change solutions for Australia.

Our flagship research shows how all sectors of the Australian economy can decarbonise, repower and benefit from the transition to zero emissions. These Zero Carbon Australia plans cover renewable energy and electricity; energy efficient buildings; sustainable transport; agriculture, farming and land use; and industry.

Through volunteer-powered research we show that a thriving, zero emissions society is achievable and affordable now, and that Australia can become a renewable energy superpower.