World Wide Fund for Nature Australia (WWF) and QUT Centre for Justice recently hosted the Brisbane book launch of Professor Ross Garnaut’s new edited book, “The Superpower Transformation: Making Australia’s Zero’s Carbon Future.”
In his bestselling Superpower, renowned economist Ross Garnaut showed that Australia – rich in resources for renewable energy – could become an economic superpower of the post-carbon world. Now, in The Superpower Transformation, he turns that idea into a practical plan to reshape our nation.
Professor Garnaut outlines new evidence that stronger and earlier action on climate change would be good for jobs and incomes, including in the old gas and coal communities and in rural and regional Australia. He looks at the challenges for the new federal government: how Australia can meet the objectives set at the Paris and Glasgow climate conferences – and the growing costs of not doing so. He shows that our national decisions matter greatly for the world.
With contributions from Mike Sandiford, Ligang Song, Frank Jotzo, Isabelle Grant, Susannah Powell, Dylan McConnell and Malte Meinshausen, as well as a major essay from Garnaut, The Superpower Transformation covers electricity, hydrogen, steel, exports, carbon capture in the landscape and reveals the resources that give us the most to gain economically.
A panel discussion that included Professor Garnaut, Maia Schweizer from Fortescue Future Industries and Hon Meaghan Scanlon MP, Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs, moderated by WWF Australia, was held on the night.