Australian Domestic Gas Use Decline Triggering Desperate Measures

DECEMBER 21 - Beyond Zero Emissions - Immediate Release 

Contact: Stephen Bygrave CEO, Beyond Zero Emissions @stephenBZE  M +61 (0)408 907 686 

Australian Domestic Gas Use Decline Triggering Desperate Measures

(Canberra) In their new report on the role of gas in the upcoming decarbonisation of the energy sector gas industry representatives are saying that gas is a complement to renewables.

This is erroneous and displays desperate measures from the gas industry to stop people switching from gas to high efficiency money-saving electric appliances.

Beyond Zero Emissions has consistently shown through its Buildings Plan and Energy Freedom publications that high efficiency electrical appliances powered by solar pv and ambient heat are available, cost effective and mean that Australian homes and buildings can be powered by 100% renewable energy right now.

Gas is a fossil fuel and one that has a very high global warming potential. In addition, much of our gas continues to come from fracking and coal seam gas extraction which makes it bad for local environments, ground water and farming activities as well as the climate. 

The gas industry report also is wrong to promote gas for large scale uses such as electricity supply to the grid. Again, Beyond Zero Emissions' technical reports - The Stationary Energy Plan and the Renewable Energy Superpower Report - show that renewable  energy can easily supply all of Australia's electricity grid.

Gas prices are also skyrocketing and householders are going off the gas grid in droves. More and more people realise that gas simply is not the clean cheap 'green' fuel that the gas industry promotes it as.



Contact: Stephen Bygrave CEO, Beyond Zero Emissions @stephenBZE M +61 (0)40 890 7686 l 

Refs: "Mr Zema (AEMO) said new technologies and changing consumer behaviour were behind the flat forecasts for residential and commercial gas consumption over the next five years. “Due to forecast improved energy efficiency of buildings and appliances, and switching from gas to electric appliances, we don’t anticipate much change in this sector in the short term, despite a forecast population growth of approximately 8 per cent,” said Mr Zema."


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1. Stationary Energy Plan 2010 (8.09Mb download) 

2. Buildings Plan 2013 (32Mb download)

3. High Speed Rail report  2014 (13.8Mb download - Part 1 of Transport Plan, Part 2 Electric Vehicle Plan launches in Feb 2016)

4. Land Use: Agriculture and Forestry 2014 (16Mb download)

5. Renewable Energy Superpower 2015 (3Mb download)

6. Zero Carbon Communities (Implementation phase of Zero Carbon Australia currently underway)



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About Dr. Stephen Bygrave, CEO Beyond Zero Emissions                                      

Steve is Adjunct Professor  Institute of Environmental Studies, University of New South Wales, Sydney; Visiting Fellow -Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra; and Associate - Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, Melbourne University.

He has worked on climate change for 20 years, across renewable energy, energy efficiency, transport, agriculture and forestry.

He worked on the mandatory renewable energy target in the late 1990s and on international climate change issues at the OECD between 2002-04. 

Most recently he worked as a senior executive setting up the Clean Energy Regulator. 

His PhD, funded by Greenpeace in the mid 1990s, was on village scale renewable energy projects in the Pacific Islands.  

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