Coal-faced: Exposing AGL as Australia’s biggest climate polluter
5 May 2021
SYDNEY, 5 May 2021 - AGL, Australia’s biggest energy company, is holding back efforts by Australian businesses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report released today by Greenpeace Australia Pacific.
The report, Coal-faced: exposing AGL as Australia’s biggest climate polluter, shows the pivotal role that AGL plays in fuelling climate change in Australia, as the owner of the country’s most polluting coal burning power stations, and the environmental and economic benefits of AGL shifting to renewable energy.
As Australian businesses ramp up their emissions reduction efforts, AGL’s stubborn adherence to its coal-burning assets is holding up Australia’s transition to a renewable-powered grid – and is becoming increasingly unprofitable, warns Dr Nikola Casule, Greenpeace Australia Pacific Head of Research and Investigations.
“AGL, Australia’s biggest climate polluter, is a business standing at the crossroads, faced with the choice between clinging to coal, or becoming a leader in Australia’s renewable energy transition. What AGL does next will determine how effectively Australia can tackle the climate crisis,” he said.