Environment & Energy

"My Government is committed to delivering affordable and reliable energy with a plan that is based on economics and engineering, not ideology."

Malcolm Turnbull
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Energy

The Turnbull Government is focussed on delivering affordable and reliable energy for households and businesses, while reducing emissions over time.

All of our energy measures are designed to put downward pressure on power bills, easing the cost of living for households and improving the competitiveness of Australian businesses.

We are implementing the most significant reforms to our gas markets in two decades, which will increase liquidity, transparency and competition, while making gas supplies more secure and affordable.

The Government will introduce the National Energy Guarantee, as recommended by the Energy Security Board, to deliver an energy system that is affordable, reliable and responsible.

We have secured an agreement with gas producers to give Australians priority access to gas. By securing domestic supply, we are putting downward pressure on gas prices, and as a consequence, electricity.

We have strengthened the Australian Energy Regulator to stop energy network companies gaming the system at the expense of Australian families.

We have ordered a review into retail electricity and gas markets to ensure Australian families and manufacturers are not being ripped off.

We are investing nearly $90 million to support gas exploration and development to increase supply.

We are delivering Snowy Hydro 2.0, providing electricity security, making renewables reliable, and creating thousands of construction jobs.

We are ensuring that Australians are getting the best possible deal for their electricity, with electricity retailers writing to two million customers. Australians can also find a better deal through the Government’s energy made easy website (www.energymadeeasy.gov.au).

We are making progress on the agreed national Renewable Energy Target, which will see 33,000 GWh of electricity generation come from renewables by 2020.

In addition, we have provided an Energy Assistance Payment to around 3.7 million Australians to help meet the costs of gas and electricity prices.

Environment

The Turnbull Government is protecting our environment with the most rigorous environmental standards, while also encouraging investment that delivers jobs and opportunities for Australians.

The Government’s climate change policies are reducing Australia’s emissions, while maintaining energy reliability and affordability.

We are meeting our emission reduction targets, improving the environment and playing our part in the international effort to respond to the challenge of climate change.

We are on track to meet and beat Australia’s 2020 emissions reduction target of five per cent below 2000 levels by 224 million tonnes.

As part of the Paris Agreement, we committed to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. This is a strong but responsible target. It will see Australia’s emissions per person halve and the emissions intensity of our economy reduce by two-thirds.

We have maintained strong environmental standards while reducing red tape. We have established a one- stop shop for environmental assessments with every state and territory, cutting the double handling of assessments for projects.

The Government is investing more than $1 billion over five years in the National Landcare Program, demonstrating our commitment to strong natural resource management and the environment. This work is focused on practical, on-ground issues – soil health, erosion, pests, weeds, threatened species and water quality.

The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s most iconic natural assets, supporting 64,000 jobs and adding $6.4 billion to the economy each year. The Government takes the long-term health of the Reef seriously. Together, the Australian and Queensland governments will provide over $2 billion for the Reef over the next decade.

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has commended our actions to protect the Reef, including:

  • Developing and implementing the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan; a 35-year plan to improve the health and resilience of the Reef by improving water quality and controlling crown of thorns starfish
  • $150 million of Emissions Reduction Fund projects to reduce run- off
  • Banning the 100-year practice of capital (or new) dredging in the marine park.

We are committed to arresting the decline of Australia’s threatened species, and since June 2014 we have invested more than $210 million for species conservation. We appointed Australia’s first ever Threatened Species Commissioner.  For the first time ever, threatened species have an Australian Government policy framework with hard and measurable targets.

Under the Turnbull Government

Building Snowy Hydro 2.0: making renewables reliable
Securing local gas
Bringing prices down
Helping Australians find a better power deal

Responsible Ministers

The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP
Minister for the Environment and Energy