ACOSS expressed concern the Federal Government’s new technology roadmap has no clear link to an emissions reduction target, with people on low incomes suffering the worst impacts of the climate crisis.
ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie said: “While there are many worthwhile technologies included in the roadmap, investing in technologies that extend the life of polluting coal and gas will slow our transition to net zero emissions, worsening the climate crisis, which disproportionately impacts people on low incomes.
“By committing to net zero emissions before 2050 and investing in clean energy and energy efficiency, we can help protect people from extreme weather and create thousands of new jobs.
ACOSS Climate and Energy Advisor, Kellie Caught said: “Investment in fossil fuel hydrogen and carbon capture and storage are polluting and expensive distractions, with few jobs for Australia.
“As we grapple with the current economic crisis, the federal government should be prioritising investment in technologies and measures, like energy efficiency, solar, batteries, that will create thousands of jobs, reduce power prices, tackle climate change and support people though the transition.
“We hope to see a portion of the estimated $18 billion investment towards large scale funding for a major rollout of energy productivity measures for low-income homes, advocated by ACOSS and 50 other organisations including the Australian Industry Group, Clean Energy Council, and Community Housing Association Australia.
“We also urge the Federal Government join all the states and territories, business, investors, farming, energy, health, environment and social groups and commit to net-zero emissions by 2050.”