You may know that Australia is an energy superpower, the world’s largest exporter of coal and third largest exporter of LNG (by value) in 2014. For example, Australia supplies around one third of TaiPower’s coal to help keep the lights on and transport running in Taiwan.
You may not know, however, that Australia is also a green energy super power.
In 2015, Australia set a national renewable energy target of 33,000GWh by 2020.
Some Australian states have more ambitious targets such as Tasmania which is already able to meet 100 per cent of its electricity needs from renewable energy (except during prolonged droughts). Also, the Australian Capital Territory aims to achieve 60 per cent by 2017 and 100 per cent by 2020 through power-purchase agreements from large scale solar- and wind‑power projects. Further, Queensland is aiming to install solar panels on one million rooftops by 2020 and achieve a target of 50 per cent by 2030.
Moreover, Australian scientists are renowned for their work on renewable energy, particularly solar power and using non-food sources for biofuels.
Over the coming months, we hope to bring you a range of stories on the challenges and breakthroughs being achieved by Australian governments, industry and scientists.
Playing tag with tuna in the Bight
Investing in the future of the Great Barrier Reef
Australia meets its climate change targets, improves the environment and support international initiatives
Apple looking at renewable energy in Australia
First batteries installed in world’s largest virtual power plant in Australia
Solar PV and cloud prediction: a powerful combination for regional Australia
How sheep can help manage a solar farm, and other lessons learnt in the development of Australia’s big solar revolution
Ocean Renewable Energy in Australia
Australian first project to harness sun, wind and batteries
Carbon Neutral Stories - the City of Sydney
The Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure (AREMI) project
Queensland: World first to combine big solar and storage
Australia's large scale solar installed capacity is set to triple in 2017
Australia: 50% renewables could create 28,000 jobs by 2030
Sydney Opera House targets 'carbon neutral' status by 2023
Australia’s solar thermal tech breakthrough: 97% conversion of sunlight into steam
CCS experimental site and community engagement: Australia's success story
Wave, solar and energy storage combine forces to power WA island
Australia moves forward on three wind projects, including wind/solar hybrid
Public consultations: key to Australia's Review of the National Carbon Offset Standard