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Atlassian Billionaires Pledge For 100% Renewable Energy By 2025

Atlassian co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar have made a pledge for their company to be powered with 100 percent renewable energy by 2025.

Their announcement makes them the first major Australian tech company, and only the third major business in the country, to make the commitment.

Cannon-Brookes said renewable energy could potentially be a "huge growth-industry for the country", and that the government needs to work harder in the exportation and ongoing generation of "clean energy".

"Atlassian will also focus on cutting reducing energy use in its buildings, ensuring the renewable electricity it sources is as efficiently used as possible," Cannon-Brookes said.

"This process involves both innovation and behavioural change, such as designing workspaces that reduce the need for artificial light and encourage employees to reduce waste."

Atlassian co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar. Photo: AAP.

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Atlassian isn't alone in the move towards renewable energy, with major global brands like Facebook, Walmart and IKEA making similar promises.

It's part of the RE100, a global initiate from The Climate Group working for major companies to commit to using 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 "at the latest".

"With the price of wind and solar continuing to rapidly fall, sourcing renewables is a win-win for both emission reduction and benefits to bottom line – showing that ambitious targets for 100% renewable electricity simply make business sense," RE100 head Sam Kimmins said.

Cannon-Brookes says he is keen on continuing to push the climate issue up the political food-chain, in the hope that it becomes one of "the two or three" main battleground issues in the upcoming federal election.

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