Regions ready for energy switch: report

Extreme weather, the early closure of coal plants, and a world moving to cut carbon emissions have shifted regional Australians' views on moving away from fossil fuels, a new report says.

The regions are well placed to lead the shift away from fossil fuels like coal, but need support.
 The regions are well placed to lead the shift away from fossil fuels like coal, but need support.
Not-for-profit consultancy, The Next Economy, interviewed people from communities connected to the fossil fuel industry across Australia over the past year about managing the transition to net zero emissions.

At the beginning of the research period, which involved 505 people including coal workers and academics, there was a level of scepticism about the transition.

"By the end of 2021, the overwhelming majority acknowledged that fossil fuel use would eventually be phased out and that Australia is shifting to renewable energy," the consultancy report said.

The report, entitled 'What the Regions Need on the Path to Net Zero', is based on a series of interviews and forums across several states to understand how to help mining and energy regions diversify their economies.

Read the full article published in the Jimboomba Times 5th May 2022