Frequently Asked Questions
AGL is Australia’s biggest carbon polluter by a large margin. Over 80% of the energy it produces comes from coal. Eighteen months ago the company purchased two of Australia’s largest coal plants, sending the company's emissions skyrocketing and exposing its commitment to coal.
Origin and EnergyAustralia both have a lot to answer for and must also develop rapid coal closure and transition plans. We are focussing on AGL because it is Australia’s biggest polluter and because we expect them to match its greenwash marketing with action.
Despite political and corporate challenges, the renewable energy industry is booming in Australia and the cost of solar and wind energy continues to fall at an incredible pace. Numerous independent and Government reports have shown that a transition to 100% clean energy is possible but that it requires clear policy from our political leaders and action from energy companies. That is why we are building a national movement to push for AGL to close down all fossil fuel projects.
Due to poor planning, the crash in the coal price and the appeal of renewables, our old energy system is already in a state of upheaval. This creates considerable uncertainty for workers and communities. It’s vital that companies like AGL work with governments and communities to plan for the closure of its coal plants and gas projects in a way that supports workers and local communities. The 350.org team is actively campaigning for a fair and planned energy transition that minimises impact on workers and coal and gas communities.
The past two years have shown the power our movement can wield over corporations and governments. Across the country from the Galiee Basin and the Illawarra to Gloucester and the Northern Rivers, communities have stopped the coal and gas industries in their tracks. In 2015 our national campaign helped stop Australia’s largest banks from backing one of the world’s largest proposed coal projects. People everywhere are showing that they are ready to do what it takes to keep fossil fuels in the ground and we’re confident that AGL will listen to customer and community pressure to speed up the transition from polluting fossil fuels to clean energy.
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