Three-quarters (77 per cent) of Australians recognise the importance of a clean energy target (CET), according to a new poll by the Climate Council.
The poll revealed public support for a CET is present across the political spectrum, and felt most strongly by young people.
Eighty-three per cent of people aged between 18-24 years old said a CET was important; 61 per cent of Liberal voters also agreed it was important; and only 4 per cent said they were unsure if the government should implement a CET.
“The public opinion is very clear – renewable energy technologies are the most affordable, reliable, way to power our 21st century economy,” Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said.
“Every day that national action is delayed is a day wasted.”
In his review, Dr Finkel also recommended the government establish a clear, long-term energy policy.
However, more than half of Australians (56 per cent) do not believe the federal government has a long-term plan in place for energy.
“The lack of policy planning on energy, has led to years of price increases, supply concerns and rising pollution; creating a crisis of trust amongst the public,” Ms McKenzie said.
Australians aged between 25-34 years old were found to be the most frustrated by the lack of policy with two-thirds (66 per cent) of that age group not believing the government had a clear long-term energy policy in place.
ReachTEL conducted the survey of 2176 residents across Australia.