Export opportunities in a renewables-based economy

2 September 2022

The Canberra Times published an article by one of our members today entitled: "Australia's export job opportunities are in the global green economy". In this article, Janaline Oh describes the huge competitive advantage Australia has in energy intensive manufacturing for export, due to our abundant, cheap renewable energy. Janaline notes that high labour costs, high energy costs and high transport costs have historically focused Australia's trade strategy on exporting large quantities of raw material. She argues that while Australia's labour costs remain relatively high, our workers are also highly productive and Australia's future no longer involves high energy costs: it can produce abundant and cheap renewable energy.   She urges the government to accelerate the energy transition, and turn Australia into a clean energy export manufacturing powerhouse.