Byron Mayor - Integrate Policies to help 100% Renewable Energy in Australian Zero Emissions Communities

DECEMBER 7  2015  Beyond Zero Emissions

Updated DECEMBER 8

Beyond Zero Emissions' Statement on yesterdays ICLEI,  World Future Council and Renewable Cities  Transformative Actions Program event in support of the global 100RE campaign : "100% Renewable Energy Cities and Regions on stage"

Halfway into COP21 and local leaders and the real economy have both started to step up to the net-zero challenge with practical as well as symbolic measures to ensure the 100% renewable energy is here to stay.

With national governments now about to get their turn to find the necessary compromises this week, there are significant parallel events at which low carbon futures - as well as rock solid global collaborations - are being born.

Speaking about their experiences with 100% renewables goals and zero emissions transitions at the 100% Renewable Cities and Regions Energy Day event were Zero Emissions Byron and Zero Carbon Australia project representatives Mayor Mr Simon Richardson and Beyond Zero Emissions CEO Dr Stephen Bygrave. 

The Australians were invited into the events partly on the strength of the ambitious and detailed plan the Byron project is implementing to support its transition - the acclaimed 10 year zero emissions Zero Carbon Australia project. 

But Simon Richardson is also one Mayor who could not be more keen to share his community's experiences in attempting to implement low carbon transitions.

"Firstly, the role of local communities and local government is obviously critical in driving climate solutions on the ground - this is where the rubber hits the road. It's where climate solutions get traction and it's the point at which community actions will drive the net-zero and low carbon future. Communities are ready to begin the transitions - in spite of the sustained attacks on the renewables industry in this country.

"However, some State and Federal barriers do need to be removed for communities to effectively implement climate-safe solutions - and here we are talking especially about the regulatory barriers in how the national electricity market works. 

"Put it this way, we have discovered first-hand that there is a real need for far better integration of policies and programs across different levels of government.

"Part of the usefulness of getting started on zero and low carbon transitons now is that further policy barriers to progress are being identified as the project develops strategic plans for each sector.

"Communities and councils are ready to do a share of the work that has to be done - but some federal and  State/Territory government understanding and support is required to help this happen.

Editors: Immediate Release.

Dr. Stephen Bygrave, CEO                                         

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


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Beyond Zero Emissions is the award-winning Australian NGO and climate solutions think-tank co-authoring the acclaimed Zero Carbon Australia series, now in its 5th year.

The Zero Carbon Australia series is known for its expert sector-by-sector emissions analysis, fully costed projections and shift metrics scaled to 10 year zero and net zero transitions.

BZE's Zero Carbon Communities initiative is currently developing regional and council 10year zero emissions blueprints based on the entire ZCA series.







Cr. Simon Richardson

Mayor, Byron Shire Council
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