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Promising economic future for Queensland with renewable energy

The SCCC predicts the proposed $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation, to be funded with revenue from the carbon price, has the potential to help unlock Queensland’s abundant solar energy resources – providing new job opportunities in regional areas…..
Clean energy future plan promises jobs and economic boost
Eco Business, , August 9th, 2011 

A coalition of social, union, environmental and research organisations today said the federal government’s clean energy future plan would provide unprecedented investment in Australia’s renewable energy resources and energy efficiency, with the potential for major job creation, especially in Queensland.

The Southern Cross Climate Coalition, comprising The Australian Conservation Foundation, The Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Australian Council of Social Services and The Climate Institute, made the claims in an analysis that also urges the federal government to release measures to meet Australia’s international climate finance obligations, in advance of the next round of climate negotiations in Durban in December.

The SCCC said the government could stop up to 1.1 billion tonnes of pollution between now and 2020, while delivering more than $4.5 billion a year to households – a combination of increased payments and tax cuts.

The clean energy future plan would provide “unprecedented investment to unlock Australia’s world class renewable energy resources and drive much greater action in energy efficiency, with the potential to create tens of thousands of new clean energy jobs,” The SCCC said.

It said the package also safeguards workers in emissions-intensive industries through targeted assistance to trade-exposed industries.

This assistance would help traditional industries remain competitive while providing an investment signal to adopt best practice clean  technologies.

Australian Council of Trade Unions president Ged Kearney said the plan would help all Australian workers be part of a clean energy, low pollution economy with existing jobs protected and new ones created…..

Globally, the clean energy industry presents significant opportunities, with a record $243 billion invested in 2010 and as many as three million people employed in the renewables sector.

Queensland solar energy boost

The SCCC predicts the proposed $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation, to be funded with revenue from the carbon price, has the potential to help unlock Queensland’s abundant solar energy resources – providing new job opportunities in regional areas…..

http://www.eco-business.com/news/clean-energy-future-plan-promises-jobs-and-economic-boost/

August 11, 2011 - Posted by | energy, Queensland

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