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Coal Communities Transition Eased Through Renewable Superpower Future For Australia
MONDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2015
Media Release - Beyond Zero Emissions Inc - Melbourne
Greens chart a course to Superpower status with RenewAustralia.
With the release of RenewAustralia, The Australian Greens provide details on how to transition to 90% renewable energy by 2030.
"The Greens have always been the political voice closest to the mark on climate and ambitious climate solutions in Australia and Beyond Zero Emissions congratulates them for showing exactly how it is possible in 2015 to plan on a renewable target that is consistent with the challenge" said Beyond Zero Emissions CEO Dr Stephen Bygrave .
"In the 5years since the release of our fully costed national 100% renewable energy plan much has changed to shift the debate on climate and renewables. The Greens new report shows what an up to the minute plan for renewables in our country looks like, how it could be funded and how it can do the job of keeping the lights and everything else on 24/7" said Dr. Bygrave.
In their report The Greens suggest the 90% renewable energy target for 2030 can be met through improvements to public infrastructure funding for the public interest. The plan suggests this would kick start new industries through large public infrastructure projects.
"What we particularly like about the plan is that it thinks of the communities after coal. While it is clear coal fired power stations will close at the end of their life and new ones will not open, in the Greens plan coal community impacts are fully considered, including economically, in the phase-out period" Dr. Bygrave said.
But plans for economic consideration during phase-out will be helped - not hindered - by renewables.
This is the conclusion of recent analysis used by several groups - including Beyond Zero Emissions and The Greens - showing that Australia's economic renewable resources are in the top five in the world.
"By combining grid based generation with distributed energy technologies as they evolve Australia could in fact become a world Renewable Energy Superpower. All that is required is for us to capture the competitive advantage our wind and solar resources provide" said Gerard Drew, Beyond Zero Emissions research director and the author of a new report Renewable Energy Superpower.
“There is just no denying low cost renewable energy is an economic opportunity for Australia. Global decarbonisation - being discussed in Paris at COP21 - is an eventual necessity. But it is also something it is in our national interest to embrace quickly. Renewable energy is in fact Australia’s superpower" Mr Drew said.
NOTES FOR EDITORS –
-BZE CEO and Research Director are available for interview on request
-A copy of the Renewable Energy Superpower report referred to is at
Beyond Zero Emissions
Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) is a not-for-profit research and communication organisation developing blueprints for the implementation of climate change solutions. BZE’s goal is to transform Australia from a 19th century fossil fuel based economy to a 21st century renewable powered clean technology economy.
The Zero Carbon Australia project
The Zero Carbon Australia (ZCA) research project is a collaboration with leading Australian universities and comprises fully-costed transition plans for moving Australia to zero emissions in ten years. The ZCA project covers six sectors including: energy, buildings, transport, land use, industrial processes and export industries.
The Zero Carbon Communities project
The Zero Carbon Communities (ZCC) project is a collaboration with local governments and their communities. It comprises creating and implementing local and fully-costed cross-sector transition plans for moving Australian communities to zero emissions in ten years.