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Pressure mounts for Morrison Govt climate plan

Large corporations, unions and conservation groups have joined forces to defend the economic benefits of the Net Zero economy while the Morrison government is preparing to reach out to climate change.

The move was strengthened as Prime Minister Scott Morrison discussed with a cabinet colleague on Wednesday plans to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 while increasing employment and lowering electricity prices.

The final decision is not expected until next week, after the plan has passed separate national and Liberal party room meetings and a joint coalition party room.

The Australian Business Council, the Australian Trade Union Council, the Australian Conservation Fund and WWF Australia believe that 395,000 clean energy jobs could be created by 2040.

They support Accenture’s analysis to find out what Australia must get from battery technology exports as well as from hydrogen, ammonia, important minerals, steel and aluminum processed with renewables. I am.

These markets have been found to have the potential to generate $ 89 billion in total value and 395,000 jobs, coupled with a focus on leveraging opportunities to train international students in the clean energy sector. I did.

“These industries offer the opportunity to create tens of thousands of well-paid jobs accessible to workers of all levels of skill and education, primarily in the region,” said the group.

They also demanded a $ 5 billion fund for workers and communities managed by a new energy conversion authority consisting of government, industry and trade unions.

Other proposals include a $ 10 billion co-investment to incentivize and scale up the clean energy industry.

BCA, trade unions and environmental groups also want to see the tentative goal of establishing a hydrogen capacity of 6 gigawatts and three green metal plants by 2027.

“There is no deal unless it’s appropriate for the region,” Senator Bridget McKenzie and Cabinet Minister said before a meeting with Morrison yesterday.

Mackenzie will meet his party colleagues on Sunday afternoon.

“This real discussion isn’t about climate change, it’s about the region,” she told ABC Radio.

“What has been submitted to this parliament so far has not been appropriate for the region and is not supported.”

So far, the Morrison administration has only expressed a “preference” for the Net Zero goal by 2050.

However, other countries, companies and industry groups are calling for a strong commitment from Australia prior to COP26.

Opposition climate change spokesman Chris Bowen said that if the new emission targets have any implications, they should be legislated.

-Use AAP

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