The Sydney Morning Herald reports on a new plan to help move Australia to zero emissions by 2020. Put together by a volunteer team of engineers, scientists and researchers it is well worth a look:
“For years the climate change debate in Australia has been confined to endless discussion of abstract policy mechanisms designed to deliver only modest reductions in Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions at best. It could well be characterised as a debate between doing nothing at all, or almost nothing, to address climate change in the Australian context. That all changed this week with the release of the Zero Carbon Australia 2020 Stationary Energy Plan, a detailed and pragmatic blueprint for transitioning the Australian stationary energy sector to 100 per cent renewable energy within a decade.
The project involved a team of engineers, scientists, researchers and others — including engineers from the existing fossil fuel energy sector — contributing thousands of hours of pro bono work to put together a detailed roadmap of the steps necessary to replace our coal and gas infrastructure with renewable energy. The plan uses only technology that is proven, reliable and commercially available now, to allow for an immediate start, and for it to be fully costed…”
I know what I’ll be reading over the weekend. It also relates to some of the topics we’ve been discussing on this blog in the posts and discussion threads.
Here’s what the authors have to say:
“The world stands on the precipice of significant change. Climate scientists predict severe impacts from even the lowest estimates of global warming. The search for dwindling oil reserves is having dramatic social and environmental impacts. A rational response to the problem demands a rapid shift to a zero fossil fuel, zero-emissions future. The Zero Carbon Australia 2020 Stationary Energy Plan (the Plan) outlines a technically feasible and economically attractive way for Australia to transition to 100% renewable energy within ten years. Social and political leadership is now required in order for the transition to begin…”
With Labour poised to go to the polls with vague promises about action, this may what we should be debating.
About the report
It’s been put together by the following:
Zero Carbon Australia 2020 (ZCA) is an exciting initiative of Beyond Zero Emissions and the Climate Emergency Network, (CEN) with generous support from Climate Positive.
It is a project to develop a blueprint for the transition to a decarbonised Australian economy by 2020.
The Project draws on the enormous wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise in the community to develop a blueprint for transitioning Australia to a zero carbon future. Individuals with expertise, knowledge and experience in relevant areas can work within a structured process to contribute to the transition plan.
I know there are many readers here with expertise in technical and scientific fields, and if you have the time and/or passion they are looking for help:
Those wishing to contribute to the project can become a part of one of these working groups, or be part of the support team in different capacities working towards development and promotion of the final report. It is a not for profit project, therefore all contributions are made on a volunteer basis.
Perhaps you can help?