Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Environmentality 22 August 2012

Dear Environmentality Listeners,

Jaime had the pleasure of interviewing Hanna Aulbey, Campaign Manager from the wonderful Beyond Zero Emissions.

Beyond Zero Emissions is a think tank organization, undertaking research and education as the blueprint towards combating climate climate change.  Areas focused on include energy, transport and building.

Established in 2006, the current organization consists of a management team of 10 people, who coordinate large teams of volunteers.  The aim of Beyond Zero Emissions is to promote a change towards a zero carbon future.  

Beyond Zero Emissions have thus far provided public talks to over 40,000 people around Australia.  As a think tank, they have the credibility of research behind their campaigns.

Hanna shared with listeners details about the Repower Port Augusta campaign.   Port Augusta, a town four hours north of Adelaide, is closing two coal-fired power stations.  There is now the opportunity to replace these with either solar thermal energy or a combined cycle gas plant.  Beyond Zero Emissions has prepared proposals as to how to replace the plants with solar thermal and wind. 

The Port Augusta community are supportive of the switch to renewables, which would create 360 permanent jobs.  Solar thermal power has the added advantage of of providing electricity to the grid day and night, not just during the day.  Find out more about the campaign here and sign the petition towards solar thermal and wind in Port Augusta: http://repowerportaugusta.org/  

Hanna also talked about some key messages that Beyond Zero Emissions promote.  These include being supportive of a feed-in-tariff to build the renewables industry, transitioning to a 'smart grid', energy savings and conservation, and innovation.  Find out more about Beyond Zero Emissions, including the Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan on their website: http://beyondzeroemissions.org.  

Thankyou to Hanna for speaking on Environmentality 98.9 FM.  Be sure to listen to the podcast if you missed the show!

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