Deep carbon emission cuts possible and inevitable, reports find

By Peter Hannam. Sydney Morning Herald, April 21 2015

"Australia will not only be forced to decouple its economy from fossil fuels but also its export sector, as nations step up efforts to combat climate change."

Futures of the power sector and carbon reductions are closely tied.

Carbon reduction in Asia will punch $100bn hole in Federal revenue by 2030: report.

RN Breakfast, April 21 2015

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As the Federal Treasurer tries to plug a widening budget hole - a new report warns that the revenue shortfall is about to get a whole lot worse.

According to the climate change think tank Beyond Zero Emissions, export revenue from Australia's main commodities will fall short by an estimated $100 billion a year by 2030, as major trading partners shift away from fossil fuels and move towards clean energy.

Dirty Exports Lead to $100 Billion Shortfall

Our Fossil Economy research shows that reliance on emissions-intensive exports, such as coal, gas and iron ore, could lead to a $100 billion shortfall annually by 2030.
This could cause a systemic economic crisis.
Contrary to the International Energy Agency's projections, and ignoring the international phase-out of emissions-intensive imports, the government assumes Australian coal exports will increase in both volume and value.

Our Carbon Crisis report shows that Australia has a 50 per cent chance of a systemic economic crisis, caused by ignoring the global shift to clean energy.
Without changing the Australian investment focus towards cleaner energy, the country is on course for “systemic economic decline”; which means high unemployment, high debt, and deep recession.

Fossil Economy

The Dirty Energy Finance Corporation

The Energy White Paper was released on Wednesday (April 8 2015). We can't decide what's worse -  the continued refusal to acknowledge climate change, or the fact that refusal is no longer a surprise.

Zero emissions goal must be included in climate change deal

By Stephen Bygrave. RenewEconomy, April 10 2015

In December this year world leaders will hopefully agree a meaningful international agreement on climate change. Pressure to deliver is significant following the failure at Copenhagen 5 years ago.

Communities take lead on renewable energy as big projects stall

By Giles Parkinson. RenewEconomy, March 10 2015

The market for large-scale renewable energy projects may well be at a standstill in Australia, but at the community level, things are happening quickly.

Dozens of projects have emerged as state governments tap into local ideas, offering grants for innovative projects that allow solar and other renewables to be developed at a local level, for innovative financing packages, and even the development of localised smart grid.

10 million solar roofs

Byron Bay first regional Australian city to commit to zero emissions

By Oliver Milman. The Guardian, March 9 2015

Byron shire says it aims to be a 'zero emissions community' within 10 years by upgrading public transport, improving agriculture and retrofitting buildings. 

Byron Bay has become the first regional Australian city to commit to cutting its carbon emissions to zero. Photograph: Byron At Byron/AAP

Byron Bay has become the first place in Australia outside the major cities to commit to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions to zero over the next 10 years.

Zero Carbon in 10 Years

Byron Shire talks zero emissions within 10 years.

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Launched in Brisbane: ZCA Land Use report

The Zero Carbon Australia Land Use: Agriculture and Forestry report was launched at the University of Queensland in Brisbane in December 2014. The research report delves into the realm of trees, fires and cattle - the land use sector. This is the only sector that can take us to below zero emissions, through carbon sequestration. 

A keen audience of farmers and cityfolk heard from keynote speaker Senator Larissa Waters. "It's wonderful that we're having a report that is brave enough to raise these sorts of issues and tackle them at their source," said Senator Waters, referring to climate change, future food production, land clearing, biodiversity loss, financial strain for farmers and suicide rates.

Left (L to R): Researcher Andrew Longmire, Senator Larissa Waters, David Hood, Dr Maria Hernadez-Soriano, Dr Shahla Hosseini Bai, farmer Rob McCreath and BZE CEO Stephen Bygrave. 



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