Poll: Vast majority of Aussies want corporates to re-energize with 100% renewable energy

Almost 70% of Australians want companies to set a goal of 100% renewable energy as part of their responsibility to tackle climate change, according to a new Ucomms poll released today commissioned by Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

The poll also revealed that almost 80% of Australians agreed that Australian companies should be using more renewable energy to power their operations. A further 65% said they would be more likely to buy a product or service from a company that uses renewable energy than from a company that doesn’t.

Almost 70% of respondents said they would prefer to work for a company that was using renewable energy, reflecting recent research from Edelman that found high levels of employee expectation that prospective employers will join them in taking action on societal issues (67%).

“The biggest driver of climate change in Australia is coal, which is still burned to make a large amount of our electricity. As some of Australia’s biggest users of electricity, businesses and corporations have an obligation to clean up their act and make the move to 100% renewable energy,” said Greenpeace Australia Pacific Campaigner, Lindsay Soutar.

Many large-scale businesses operating in Australia have already committed to using 100% renewable energy to power their operations, including Carlton & United Breweries, Mars, IKEA, Westpac, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, ANZ, Bank Australia, Apple, Google, Macquarie Bank, ING Bank, Citibank, Microsoft, L’Oreal and Unilever.

“When it comes to climate change, companies can go from being a big part of the problem to being a big part of the solution. In Australia and overseas, many companies are already leading the way and proving that 100% renewable is 100% doable,” said Soutar.