The Renewable Energy Era has Arrived

UPDATED DECEMBER 13

(PARIS) The agreement world governments finalised in Paris signals the true beginning of the Renewable Energy Era   

 


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The agreement world governments finalised in Paris signals the true beginning of the Renewable Energy Era  

The new Paris climate change agreement recognises the prominent role clean energy generation will play in every sector of every economy as part of our common pathway toward a safer climate, with 190 countries now committing to limit pollution from fossil fuels.

Stephen Bygrave, CEO of Australian climate solutions think tank Beyond Zero Emissions, said  “the Paris agreement puts in place a global framework that requires countries to continually strengthen pollution reduction targets over time. Additional commitments made outside of the agreement, including the Renewable Cities program, the Compact of States and Regions 'Under2MOU' for 100% renewables, the Africa Energy Initiative - set to double the total existing energy capacity using renewable energy by 2030 - and the International Solar Alliance announced by India, all establish cheap, safe and proven renewables as the energy of choice of billions.

 “That is why Paris marks the end of the fossil fuel age - it has provided surefire momentum for the true beginning of the renewable energy era, sending loud and clear signals to governments, and most importantly to business and investors.

Australia

“Now that we have a new global agreement, the Australian Government is expected to do many things that are good for the climate and which happen to be in the national interest.

“It can bring urgently needed reform to the energy sector and this will reinvigorate regional Australia. Australia’s most profitable large scale renewable resources lie close to the grid  in the regions - not in the cities - and are a vast untapped energy supply capable of lifting Australian manufacturing into the energy stratosphere, a spot reserved for energy superpowers.

“Government working with regions is well-placed to stage the transition to electrification of the transport and export sectors, first developing then utilising Australia’s vast renewable energy resource.

“Powering transport, exports and manufacturing with renewable energy is Australia’s great opportunity to be a major figure in the new renewable energy era economy, doing both ourselves and the climate a favour.

“Supporting energy-intensive industry is a major stumbling block for countries without a good renewable resource that will have to be addressed in accord with the Paris Agreement. Accomplishing energy sector reforms here – which are also needed for domestic supply - means that within the next few short years Australia could have a safe, profitable and clean energy story to share with the world at the next review of the Paris Agreement.

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Media Contact: Stephen Bygrave  S: bythegrave6

Renewable Energy Superpower 2015 (3Mb download)

2 Page Fact Sheet Renewable Energy Superpower (1Mb download)

Report Author: Gerard.Drew@bze.org.au

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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 8th 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 (1-5).

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

 

 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)


Zero Carbon Australia Overview (300kb)

 

 Zero Carbon Communities

Technical Partner - Beyond Zero Emissions

Stephen Bygrave CEO, Beyond Zero Emissions
@stephenBZE
stephen.bygrave@bze.org.au 

 

Byron Shire Council Contact Cr. Simon Richardson Mayor, Byron Shire Council
0427 076 834
BYRON SHIRE: MANY COMMUNITIES, ONE FUTURE

Australian Media Jodie Green
Jodie.green@bze.org.au 
0450 520 303
Beyond Zero Emissions
Comms team contact
bze.org.au
zeroparis.wordpress.com 
@beyondzeronews 
#bzelive 
http://energyfreedom.com.au/ 

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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Beyond Zero Emissions was 2014 Winner NGO Category Green Lifestyle Awards

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 8th 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.