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As Australia’s largest greenhouse gas emitting business , we recognise that we have a key role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions while providing secure and affordable energy for Australian households and businesses.

AGL's Greenhouse Gas Policy

Our Greenhouse Gas Policy  presents a pathway for the gradual decarbonisation of our generation portfolio by 2050, and includes the following commitments:

  • We will continue to provide the market with safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy options.
  • We will not build, finance or acquire new conventional coal-fired power stations in Australia (i.e. without carbon capture and storage).
  • We will not extend the operating life of any of our existing coal fired power stations.
  • We will close, by 2050, all existing coal-fired power stations in our portfolio.
  • We will improve the greenhouse gas efficiency of our operations, and those over which we have influence.
  • We will continue to invest in new renewable and near-zero emission technologies.
  • We will make available innovative and cost-effective solutions for our customers, such as distributed renewable generation, battery storage, and demand management solutions.
  • We will incorporate a forecast of future carbon pricing into all generation capital expenditure decisions.
  • We will continue to be an advocate for effective long-term government policy to reduce Australia’s emissions in a manner that is consistent with the long-term interests of consumers and investors.

Pathway to a modern, decarbonised generation sector

We are committed to playing a leading role in developing a pathway to a modern, decarbonised generation sector, developing and investing in new renewable and near-zero emission technologies.    

In 2016 we released a special report outlining how we are positioning our business for a carbon constrained future, providing the results of economic modelling of the impacts of various carbon constraints on the National Electricity Market (NEM) and our generation portfolio. Click here to access the report. 

We are Australia’s leading privately-owned operator of renewable energy and in 2016 we launched the Powering Australian Renewables Fund to encourage innovative funding of large scale renewables to help Australia reach its 2020 renewables target. The Fund is aiming to invest between $2 and $3 billion in around 1,000MW of large-scale renewable energy.

 
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