Increasing ‘energy literacy’ amongst the population would have a significant flow-on benefits for consumers, including from understanding issues around reliability, renewable energy production and carbon emissions, a new report from the University of Queensland has found.
The report, Building Australia's Energy Literacy,aimed to establish an energy literacy framework and detail how it might be achieved in Australia.
“Energy can do so much for people’s lives, depending on where they are around the world and their level of access to it,” UQ’s Chair of Sustainable Energy Futures Professor Peta Ashworth said.
“We are fortunate in Australia that we have reliable energy, but our challenge is to build understanding of how to manage the transition to a sustainable low-carbon society.
National Energy Resources Australia chief executive Miranda Taylor said the research showed informed communities and empowered consumers were key to Australia’s successful transition to a low-carbon future.
“More needs to be done to fully understand the community’s concerns and to respond with information that engages and educates,” Ms Taylor said.