Clean State launches 26 big ideas to create 200,000 low-carbon jobs for WA
Western Australia’s leading clean jobs advocacy group has released an ambitious plan to boost the state’s economy while cutting carbon emissions and delivering much-needed infrastructure.
The Clean State Jobs Plan is a comprehensive blueprint for creating over 200,000 jobs across Western Australia, developed as a contribution to the State Government’s COVID-19 economic recovery advisory panel.
Working with more than 60 local and national industry experts from a range of sectors, Clean State has produced a plan to create carbon neutral jobs in housing and construction; education; tourism; agriculture; transport; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses; carbon abatement programs; manufacturing; waste management; and energy generation.
Clean State director of research and policy Chantal Caruso said
“decarbonising the economy is the single biggest exciting opportunity” for Western Australia’s economic recovery.
“Our proposals deliver on the triple bottom line – economic, environmental and social. We can create more than 200,000 new jobs, cut carbon emissions, and address problems in WA like homelessness and housing affordability, traffic congestion, and schools resourcing.
“Our plan will cut carbon emissions in WA by 66% by 2030, and create:
- 30,000 ‘stimulus jobs’ in conservation, installation, construction and infrastructure every year for the next three years;
- 100,000 permanent jobs by 2050, including over 6000 in manufacturing;
- at least $3.8bn in economic benefits a year by 2030; and
- an additional export revenue of almost $3billion in green steel by 2050.”
“These proposals are the product of many four months of collaborative research with industry experts from across our state.
“We need a fundamental shift in how we operate. Fossil fuels are low-job, high-pollution industries with no future. Clean energy and the care economy deliver a far greater return on investment in terms of job creation and revenue that stays right here, in Western Australia.
“Western Australia is at a critical junction. We can follow a so-called gas-led recovery to a dead end, or we can deliver what the people of our state need, and become a world leader in the growth industries of the future while we do it.”
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