Unfortunately, Australia punches well above its weight when it comes to the causes of global warming. Burning coal is the biggest single cause of global warming and Australia is the largest exporter of coal and has one of the most coal dependent electricity systems in the world. We recently replaced Qatar as the largest gas (LNG) exporter in the world. Australia now sits only behind Russia and Saudi Arabia as the third largest exporter of fossil fuels in world. When our exported emissions are taken into account, Australia is the 6th largest carbon emitting country globally.
The political influence of the coal and gas lobby has not only blocked action to solve the climate crisis in Australia, it has also led our government to play a damaging role in international climate negotiations over the last two decades.
In addition to fuelling the climate crisis, coal mining and gas extraction threatens some of our best farmland and is putting scarce water resources at risk. Air pollution from coal mines and power stations is killing people. Meanwhile we continue to squander our substantial natural advantage in renewable energy and are failing to support local communities to plan for the inevitable transition beyond coal and gas.
Australia is one of the sunniest and windiest countries in the world. Phasing out coal plants and repowering Australia with 100% renewable energy is not only possible, it is cheaper and easier than most people expect. But why stop at 100% renewable energy? Australia could become a renewable energy exporter producing 200% or even 700% renewable energy – exporting clean power to South East Asia and green hydrogen to the world while creating long term, sustainable jobs in coal dependent communities. The transition is inevitable. Our challenge is to ensure it happens at the pace and scale that global warming demands and in a way that doesn’t leave anyone behind.
Our goals are to halt the expansion of Australian coal and gas exports and drive the rapid replacement of coal power with at least 100% renewable energy – providing cheap, safe and clean energy to Australian households and businesses while supporting impacted communities through the transition.
As a founding partner in the Stop Adani Alliance we are campaigning to stop the Adani coal mine and to prevent the exploitation of the vast thermal coal reserves of the Galilee Basin.
Australia Beyond Coal
We’re working with a coalition of groups to replace Australia’s old polluting coal power stations with 100% renewable energy by 2030.
Beyond Fossil Fuels
We’re supporting impacted communities around Australia to protect farmland, groundwater and community health from the impacts of coal and gas mining.