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Local SA Net Zero Business Advisor joins Mike Cannon-Brookes drive for climate jobs

1 November 2023

If you didn’t know it before, Australia needs two million new workers working in the clean economy otherwise we risk not meeting our climate targets. Nick Palousis, Managing Director of Adelaide-based 2XE is one of 10 national Net Zero Champions stepping up to promote new career opportunities to Australians of all ages.

“As the Net Zero Business Advisor Champion, I’m here to shout about the incredible opportunities available to work with companies to achieve their net zero goals, says Nick.

“It was incredible to meet Mike Cannon-Brookes, he is a powerhouse for positive change. It is really inspiring to see him investing from his own pocket.”

Through his Boundless Earth foundation, Mike Cannon-Brookes is the driving force behind this initiative with the Clean Energy Council and the Energy Efficiency Council.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton says the clean economy drive provides enormous opportunities for job seekers.

“Upskilling needs to occur on a colossal scale. We need to double our energy workforce by 2030 and double it again by 2035. Heightened global competition for talent across a diversity of critical skills and occupations means this is a top priority for our sector,” Mr Thornton says.

CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council, Luke Menzel says, “Immediate action is needed. The current talent pool simply isn’t matching up with demand, and many of the roles desperately needed by 2030 already face major skill shortages at a national level. If we fall short of meeting these targets, it will come at a huge cost and will impact Australia’s reputation on the global stage.”

The Careers for Net Zero website will assist Australians to find new career pathways and ways to upskill. The initiative is supported by Victorian Premier the Hon. Jacinta Allan MP, Commonwealth Minister for Skills and Training, the Hon Brendan O'Connor MP, Co-CEO of Atlassian and Chair of Boundless Earth, Mike Cannon-Brookes, Minister for Energy and Resources Lily D’Ambrosio and Engineers Australia CEO Romilly Madew, as well as dozens of other industry experts.

Globally, it’s estimated the transition will create 14 million new clean energy jobs by 2030, while another 16 million workers will need to move into new roles in renewables, energy efficiency and electrification. Around 60 per cent of these roles will require post-secondary training.

2XE is one of over 220 Carbon Neutral Adelaide Partners who are working every day to make a low carbon economy a reality in our patch. To read about these 10 careers for a net zero economy, and the stories of real people in those careers, see the links below:

To learn more visit: www.careersfornetzero.org.au



Photo credit: Tim Fisher, Energy Efficiency Council