AGL is Australia's biggest climate polluter

AGL spends millions spruiking its environmental credentials. On closer inspection, it doesn't stack up.

AGL is Australia’s largest power company. Millions of Australians get their electricity from the company every day. You might even be a customer yourself.


AGL proudly advertises itself to the Australian public as green and environmentally responsible. But a deeper dive into the company reveals the truth couldn’t be more different to its carefully crafted public image. 


AGL is Australia’s number one climate polluter, and it’s not even close. 85% of their electricity comes from burning dirty coal, meaning they emit more than double the next biggest polluter. 


Coal is the biggest driver of the climate crisis. Australia can’t move fast enough to avoid the devastating effects of climate change unless AGL gets out of coal. Business as usual is simply not an option if we want a safe, clean future for our environment and communities. Join us in demanding that AGL clean up its act. 


Scientists warn we MUST stop burning coal by 2030 to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change.

AGL won't commit to closing its coal burning power stations until 2048. That’s 18 years too late. 


85% of AGL’s electricity comes from dirty coal burning power stations. 


AGL releases

42 million tonnes 

of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere each year.

AGL produces more than 2x 

the emissions of Australia’s next biggest climate polluters, Origin and Energy Australia.


AGL has breached its environmental licences 111 times since 2015. 



With your help we can convince AGL to switch to 100% renewable electricity. 

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The high price of AGL’s actions. 

Burning coal is the dirtiest and most destructive way to generate electricity, driving climate change and damaging the environment and communities we love. For years, AGL has been trying to pull the wool over our eyes to hide its dirty and climate-wrecking coal operations. The stakes are too high for us to let them get away with it.

Destruction of natural environments.

Climate chaos.

If they continue on their current path, AGL will continue to contribute to dangerous global warming putting Australia at even greater risk of extreme and dangerous weather events like bushfires and droughts. 


Ecologists are already seeing troubling signs of collapse in 19 critical ecosystems across Australia, all closely related to climate change. These include coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef, and the drying up of the Murray-Darling Basin and the loss of critical kelp forest in the Great Australian Bight.


Loss of animal life.

Devastating health impacts.

As more precious habitat is lost, vulnerable species like koalas, clown fish and weedy sea dragons will be driven even closer to extinction. With Australia’s diverse wildlife playing a critical role in the health of our ecosystems, the loss of these animal species will trigger a vicious cycle of decline.


AGL’s coal-burning power stations are hurting the health of Australians, spewing out toxic air pollution that is making people sick and causing ongoing health problems for children and the elderly. 


Significant environmental breaches

Since 2015, the AGL-owned and operated Liddell, Bayswater and Loy Yang A power stations have breached their environmental licences 111 times, accounting for roughly three quarters of all Australian violations.

1

April 2015

Between 60 to 100 litres of ammoniated water from Bayswater Power Station washed into a stormwater drain and then into Tinkers Creek. The EPA fined AGL

$15,000 for the incident.

2

November 2015

A mechanical failure at Bayswater Power Station resulted in 6000 litres of sulphuric acid entering two stormwater drains and subsequently flowing to Tinkers Creek, which drains to Lake Liddell. Less than

a year later, Lake Liddell – a popular recreation spot  was permanently closed following the detection of naegleria fowleria - a fatal, brain-eating virus.

3

May 2016

Fugitive coal dust from the Loy Yang A mine blew into local communities contaminating water tanks and roofs.

4

August 2016

Liddell Power Station failed to report flooding at the Central Hunter Swamp Oak Forest, an endangered ecological community.

5

December 2017

A leak in an ash disposal pipe line resulted in coal ash-contaminated water flowing beyond the Loy Yang A Power Station premises boundary.

The future of energy is clean and green.

It is not a question of if, but when, Australia will be powered entirely by renewables. Clean renewable energy sources like wind and solar are not only necessary to reduce the effects of climates change, they also benefit communities by reducing pollution and creating jobs. As Australia’s biggest polluter, AGL can lead the way in this transition to a clean, sustainable future.

100% renewable is 100% doable.

A safer, more stable electricity grid.

It's just better business.

Renewables are already powering the country, with many new large-scale solar, wind and battery projects in the pipeline. 


With abundant potential for solar and wind combined with big batteries to store and use the energy at night-time, Australia has the potential to become a clean energy powerhouse.


Recent research commissioned by The Australia Institute found that the combination of renewable energy and battery storage can secure Australia’s electricity grid as – and even more – effectively as coal and gas.

AGL ditching coal and becoming a renewable energy leader would create thousands of good clean energy jobs, and create exciting new industries and opportunities in regional Australia. 


Renewable energy is also the cheapest form of electricity generation in history, driving down power prices and helping Australian families save on their power bills. 

Source: Cass, D. (2021).

Source: Irena (2020)

Proof that Australia could generate all of its power from renewable sources by 2030 can be found both at home, and overseas. Here are just a few examples of places that are doing it right.


New Zealand and the Pacific

South Australia

Iceland

Less than two decades ago, South Australia generated all its electricity from fossil fuels. Last year, renewables provided a whopping 60% of the state’s electricity supply, using wind farms, solar, and the world's largest battery. They’re now on track to achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2030, and generate 500% of the state’s energy needs by 2050, with the surplus exported nationally and internationally.


80% of New Zealand’s electricity supply currently comes from renewable energy, with plans to reach 100% by 2030. 


Samoa leads Pacific Island Countries’ decarbonisation efforts, with the nation on track to meet its target of 100% of its electricity being renewable by 2025.

In Iceland renewable energy sources now supply almost 100% of the country’s electricity generation and 85% of the country’s total primary energy supply. 


This wasn’t always the case; in fact, until the early 1970s, Iceland relied almost entirely on imported fossil fuels for its energy needs. 

 



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