Following a decisive election on climate change, Australia hopes to be a “renewable energy superpower”

Australians elected a new government that promised to put an end to decades of passivity by one of the world’s greatest per capita polluters. The battle now is about how soon they can make up for the losses. In his victory address, Anthony Albanese, who belongs to the  Labor Party and is set to take office for the very first time in over a decade, proclaimed, “Together, we can halt the climate wars.  By working together, we can seize Australia’s chance to become a renewable energy superpower.”

When the new parliament convenes in June, Albanese will be pressed to go even further on climate than his campaign promises. While it’s feasible that Labor will gain a lower-house dominance of at least 76 seats, he’ll almost certainly have to work with the Green Party and a bevy of climate-warrior independents to get any legislation passed.

The Greens and mainly female independents, who did displace some high-ranking conservative ministers by their promotion of emissions reductions, tapped into growing public outrage over a series of climate-related disasters, along with the 2019 bushfires, a set of disastrous floods, and the continuing desizing of the iconic Great Barrier Reef.

Scott Morrison, Australia’s ousted prime minister, was widely chastised for neglecting to take more extreme measures to reduce carbon emissions. Morrison, who famously took a lump of coal into Australia’s parliament, finally agreed to a net-zero objective for 2050 late last year after intense negotiations with his coalition partner, the pro-fossil fuel National Party.

Albanese wants to change Australia’s image as a climate outlier by producing sustainable products such as batteries and increasing lithium mining. Labor also ran on a promise to cut Australia’s emissions by 43 percent by 2030, with an aim of reaching net zero by the year 2050.

Albanese is also anticipated to promote the use of electric vehicles by offering a statewide network of charging points and lower taxes on environmentally friendly automobiles. Still, environmentalists argue that Australia needs to do much more to achieve Albanese’s objective of becoming a “renewable energy superpower.”

Labor has no plans to impose a price on carbon, thus emissions reductions will primarily come from agricultural offsets, energy efficiency, and predicted gains in renewables. Fugitive gas emissions from petroleum wells and coal mines, which are essentially a consequence of Australia’s fossil fuel exports, are expected to stay stable over the next decade.

As per Lucy Manne, chief executive officer of climate advocacy group 350 Australia, Australia, as one of the world’s major exporters of coal and gas, must deliver a holistic plan to shift away from fossil fuels as quickly as feasible.

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