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Supported by diverse sections of the community such as Doctors for the Environment, church groups including the Uniting Church in Western Australia, and the Conservation Council of WA, RenewWA brings people and groups together to advocate for a clean energy future for WA.

Climate Consensus Statement

The signatories to this climate consensus statement:

 Understand that climate change is happening now and is already affecting the health and well-being of WA communities through extended heat-waves, increased bushfire risk, reduced rainfall and increased frequency of storms. It threatens those most vulnerable within our communities: the young, old and poor, but also our outdoor workers, fire-fighters and other emergency personnel. It places at risk regions with unique biodiversity, impacting on our tourism industry, along with areas of water catchment and food production, affecting farmers and dependent communities.

Acknowledge that Western Australia is highly vulnerable to further climate change. To make a proportionate contribution to preventing more global warming we need urgent effective action from all sectors of our community, businesses and government to rapidly reduce energy consumption and transition to renewable energy sources.

Recognise that a global transition to renewable energy is underway. Action on climate change provides unprecedented business opportunities in a state with abundant renewable energy resources such as wind, solar and wave. Coupled with a skilled workforce, WA could be a leader in sustainable energy and zero-carbon manufacturing, attracting new investments and providing ongoing meaningful employment.

Recognize that in moving to a zero-carbon economy, we need a fair transition with government-led support for those sectors of the community previously reliant on fossil fuel industries and those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Call on all candidates and the next WA government to join the broader international effort for effective action on climate change as expressed in the Paris agreement by committing to actions which:

1. Support an accelerated transition to a renewable energy economy by establishing meaningful WA-specific Renewable Energy Targets for 2020 and 2025 that will see us reach 100% renewable electricity on the SWIS grid by 2030 and provide mechanisms to support local renewable energy businesses and employment for West Australians;  

2. Introduce a ban on onshore unconventional gas and fracking operations and commit to a nuclear free energy future for Western Australia;

3. In consultation with the Collie community and affected workers, establish and implement a plan for a fair transition from coal industries;

4. Establish an ambitious energy efficiency target for WA providing investment opportunities, incentives and regulation to increase energy efficiency in industry, local government, housing, transport and the commercial sector; and instigate a whole of government approach to energy efficiency and sustainability — beginning with public sector buildings and operations;

5. Facilitate adaptation planning to strengthen the resilience of communities, industries and ecosystems vulnerable to unavoidable climate change impacts;

6. Reinstate and establish effective monitoring and regulations for controlling and offsetting greenhouse gas pollution from WA’s existing emissions intensive industries including the LNG sector;

7. Address land use sector emissions by assisting landholders to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reducing land clearing, supporting growth in the land carbon sector, protecting biodiverse forests and woodlands as active carbon stores and encouraging the transition to plantation timbers;

8. Announce policies and a timeline to achieve zero carbon emissions and a phase-out of state subsidies, incentives and investment in the fossil fuel industry.