The Dirty Energy Finance Corporation

The Energy White Paper was released on Wednesday (April 8 2015). We can't decide what's worse -  the continued refusal to acknowledge climate change, or the fact that refusal is no longer a surprise.


Zero emissions goal must be included in climate change deal

By Stephen Bygrave. RenewEconomy, April 10 2015

In December this year world leaders will hopefully agree a meaningful international agreement on climate change. Pressure to deliver is significant following the failure at Copenhagen 5 years ago.

Communities take lead on renewable energy as big projects stall

By Giles Parkinson. RenewEconomy, March 10 2015

The market for large-scale renewable energy projects may well be at a standstill in Australia, but at the community level, things are happening quickly.

Dozens of projects have emerged as state governments tap into local ideas, offering grants for innovative projects that allow solar and other renewables to be developed at a local level, for innovative financing packages, and even the development of localised smart grid.

10 million solar roofs

Byron Bay first regional Australian city to commit to zero emissions

By Oliver Milman. The Guardian, March 9 2015

Byron shire says it aims to be a 'zero emissions community' within 10 years by upgrading public transport, improving agriculture and retrofitting buildings. 

Byron Bay has become the first regional Australian city to commit to cutting its carbon emissions to zero. Photograph: Byron At Byron/AAP

Byron Bay has become the first place in Australia outside the major cities to commit to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions to zero over the next 10 years.

Zero Carbon in 10 Years

Byron Shire talks zero emissions within 10 years.

Click here to view the Prime Seven News bulletin.

Launched in Brisbane: ZCA Land Use report

The Zero Carbon Australia Land Use: Agriculture and Forestry report was launched at the University of Queensland in Brisbane in December 2014. The research report delves into the realm of trees, fires and cattle - the land use sector. This is the only sector that can take us to below zero emissions, through carbon sequestration. 

A keen audience of farmers and cityfolk heard from keynote speaker Senator Larissa Waters. "It's wonderful that we're having a report that is brave enough to raise these sorts of issues and tackle them at their source," said Senator Waters, referring to climate change, future food production, land clearing, biodiversity loss, financial strain for farmers and suicide rates.

Left (L to R): Researcher Andrew Longmire, Senator Larissa Waters, David Hood, Dr Maria Hernadez-Soriano, Dr Shahla Hosseini Bai, farmer Rob McCreath and BZE CEO Stephen Bygrave. 

 

     

The future's in clean energy, not dirty coal

The Fossil Economy in a Changing World report shows that the Australian Government is relying on economic projections that ignore international action on climate change.

     Fossil Economy

Australia’s coal and gas exports are being left stranded

By Stephen Bygrave. The Conversation, 21-11-2014

The 'Fossil Economy in a Changing World' report can be downloaded here

Australia’s official forecasts for expanding fossil fuel exports don’t match up with what’s needed to avoid severe climate change. Jeremy Buckingham/Flickr, CC BY

In the last week the US and China announced goals to reduce emissions by 26-28% and cap emissions by 2030 respectively. India also signalled its aim to end coal imports within 2-3 years.

These are telling signs of a move away from fossil fuels by some of the world’s biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, including countries that are key importers of Australia’s coal and gas.

Land Use report launched in Melbourne

To a packed house,our researchers Andrew Longmire and Dr Chris Taylor explained the findings of the report, which provides a number of ways to bring land use emissions down to zero.

John Pettigrew, former director of SPC Ltd. and current President of the Goulburn Valley Environment Group, gave the keynote address. John had to destroy his 10 000 peach trees due largely to the impacts of climate change.

 

 

John pointed out that farmers had adapted to many changes in both technique and technology, and are far more capable of change than they're sometimes considered to be. Change may be met with reluctance, however farmers often came to rely on the new techniques they pioneered - reducing water use is a good example of this.

Land Use Melbourne launch panel

Launch discussion panel L to R: Andrew Longmire, John Pettigrew, Dr Stephen Bygrave, Prof. Craig Pearson, Prof. Kate Auty, Dr Chris Taylor.

A panel of experts including: Professor Craig Pearson (The University of Melbourne), John Pettigrew, Professor Kate Auty (Former Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Victoria), Andrew Longmire and Dr Chris Taylor took questions from the audience.

Some of the points raised were:

  • Native wet forest is vital for carbon storage & as water catchment - plantations don't provide as much water
  • 5 million tonnes of carbon lost to ocean annually in soil. Australian soil found on Heard Island (Antarctica)
  • Many more opportunities on clean & green agriculture, & we're smart enough to do it
  • Climate deniers on the land a tiny minority
  • Australian farmers can enhance value of products with sustainable agriculture and charge a premium
  • You can listen to a podcast of the event here.

    The Land Use report can be ordered at our online shop, or downloaded free here.

     

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