New Aussie clean jobs plan

The Cleans Jobs Plan, commissioned by the Climate Council has found 76,000 jobs can be created across Australia, rapidly getting people back into the workforce while also tackling climate change.

The Cleans Jobs Plan report found across Australia, up to 15,000 jobs could be created in large-scale renewable energy, including solar and wind farms, upgrading transmission infrastructure and adding utility-scale batteries.

AlphaBeta was part of the the The Cleans Jobs Plan Accenture and Director, Andrew Charlton said the job creation could start immediately and continue over three years.

“Federal, state and territory governments all have the opportunity to put these measures in train,” he said.

“Australia has seen steep job losses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. But with the right policy measures, thousands of jobs could be created in large-scale renewable energy, ecosystem restoration and the collection and processing of organic waste.”

According to the findings, thousands of other jobs could be created in the collection and processing of organic waste; making homes and public buildings more energy efficient; expanding urban and peri urban green spaces; community scale energy storage and generation; green hydrogen and expanding electric vehicle infrastructure.

“Economic recovery is a national priority, and all governments have a crucial role to play in making targeted investments,” said non-executive director and Climate Council board member, Sam Mostyn.

“Most of the 12 stimulus options can leverage significant private investment for the Australian economy. Investment in pilot-scale green hydrogen facilities would unlock $4 for every dollar of public money; utility-scale renewable energy unlocks $3 for every dollar invested.”

“The Clean Jobs Plan is unique because of the speed at which it can get people back to work. It puts us on a practical, jobs-rich path and focuses on areas most in need. It sets us up for the future, by creating jobs and tackling climate change. It’s a win-win solution,” said Climate Council CEO, Amanda McKenzie.

Key finding also highlighted that approximately 12,000 jobs could be created in ecosystem restoration including 5,000 in Queensland and regional Australia would benefit substantially from the Clean Jobs Plan because more than 40per cent of the job opportunities identified are located in regional parts of the country.

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