About clean energy
Clean energy—also known as green energy—is energy which can be obtained from renewable or natural resources and does not create environmental debt.
Clean energy can also be energy which creates less pollution, no pollution at all, or that uses resources that can be easily renewed.
There are many techniques that can be used to obtain clean energy from natural resources, including carbon capture and storage (CCS), low emissions technologies, and renewable energy—such as geothermal energy, hydropower, ocean energy and solar energy.
The secure supply of affordable, reliable, environmentally sustainable energy is essential to Australia's future economic growth and prosperity.
Australia's future energy supply will need to have lower greenhouse gas emissions in order to meet the challenges posed by climate change driven by rising levels of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere.
Through the introduction of the announced Clean Energy Future Package, a carbon price and complementary measures, the Australian Government is supporting Australia's clean energy future and the development and deployment of clean energy technologies.
How is RET involved?
On behalf of the Australian Government, the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (RET) is delivering a number of programs and initiatives that support a Clean Energy Future for Australia:
Other Australian Government clean energy initiatives
In August 2009, the Australian Government implemented the Renewable Energy Target scheme, designed to deliver on the government's commitment to ensure that 20 per cent of Australia's electricity supply will come from renewable sources by 2020.
The government will establish a $10 billion commercially oriented Clean Energy Finance Corporation to invest in businesses seeking funds to get innovating clean energy proposals and technologies off the ground. A variety of funding tools will be used to support projects, including loans on commercial or concessional terms and equity investments.
For more information about Australia's Clean Energy Future, follow the links above or visit the Australian Government's Clean Energy Future website.