Climate and Energy

Empowering Low-Income Households through Electricity Decarbonisation

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Rising energy prices hurt people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. As does climate change. At the moment Australia is addressing neither of these issues. Change is needed urgently.

We know that people experiencing poverty and disadvantage are usually the first and hardest hit by the impacts of climate change and rising energy prices, as they have the least capacity to cope, adapt and recover.

We need to ensure that the interests of the entire community are captured, including people living on low incomes, people experiencing housing stress, people living with a disability, sole parents, and other disadvantaged groups. The way to do this is to give government a better understanding of the issues facing the communities you work with.

To this end, ACOSS, Brotherhood of St Laurence, and The Climate Institute recently ran a solutions-focused conversation with the Community and Environment sectors. The results of these consultations will feed into the Federal Government’s 2017 Climate Review and COAG Energy Ministers Review, and support others to provide input.  

The consultations have helped us better understand the problems and solutions for low income and disadvantaged households, while addressing the energy trilemma of security, affordability and emission reductions.

To inform the consultation we commissioned a Research Paper and created a Consultation Document which summarised the research and included the consultation questions.

We heard your thoughts on the themes presented, found out about the lived experience of your clients or your involvement in solutions, and are now identifying policy solutions to ensure that Government energy policies are both inclusive and equitable.

A consultation report will be published soon.

Raising the issues relevant to low income and vulnerable households, and identifying the most important potential solutions, will strengthen the voice of these consumers and their advocates and ensure that their needs are at the centre of policy solutions to decarbonise and modernise our energy system.

Let’s work together to ensure the Federal Government’s transition from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy is both inclusive and equitable.



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