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Australia could double its energy productivity by 2030

Anna Skarbek reports in The Conversation (11.3.15):

‘Australia could double its energy productivity by 2030, increasing economic productivity while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report released today by ClimateWorks Australia.

‘The report, Australia’s Energy Productivity Potential, found Australia could increase its economic output from 24.3 cents of GDP per megajoule of energy in 2010 to 47.9 cents of GDP in 2030 – a 97% improvement.

‘This would be achieved without major structural change to the economy and using technologies that are already available or in development.

‘The Australian government is currently finalising its Energy White Paper, including a proposed Energy Productivity Plan. The paper offers an opportunity to set an ambitious national energy productivity target, which would help accelerate improvements across the economy.’

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