Greg Hunt does backflip on future of renewables in Australia

ENVIRONMENT Minister Greg Hunt has rejected the long-standing duel between the economy and the planet in a speech in China.

The speech by Mr Hunt comes as the Turnbull government looks to reset Australia's fall from grace in diplomatic and scientific circles over climate change.

He told a clean energy meeting on Tuesday he recently created a new Office of Climate Change and Renewables Innovation, as part of a "positive agenda".

Mr Hunt said we are "transforming the way we produce electricity", as "older coal plants retire, a process which has started".

Despite previously attempting to abolish the national renewable energy agency and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation when Tony Abbott was prime minister, Mr Hunt promoted the bodies as where Australia "excels" on climate change.