Powering on with ZEN (Zero Emissions Noosa)
IT WAS a ZEN moment at The J as Mayor Tony Wellington and councillors welcomed the Renewable Energy Superpower push to town.
The ZEN stands for Zero Emission Noosa as the council met with Dr Stephen Bygrave, CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions and other renewable experts for some serious consultation about eliminating greenhouse gases from its operations.
Among the stars of the get together which included community groups like the Noosa Integrated Catchment Association and the Noosa Parks Association, were the electric cars outside The J including a couple of Teslas.
“We’ve just endorsed our emissions reduction policy, which the step we needed to take in order to set a zero emissions target,” Cr Wellington said.
The mayor said the council wanted Dr Bygrave to inform them of the national and international awareness of the zero emissions quest.
“He explained to us today that there are a handful of other local government that are already on the zero emissions path and he’s very excited that Noosa is going to join them.”
Dr Bygrave said the quest for ZEN will be achieved by the use of such things at these electric vehicles charging with 100% renewable energy and zero emissions buildings.
He said the latest electric vehicles ready to come out will have a 300km range before requiring recharging.
“So no more range anxiety – our average passenger trip is only 39km,” Dr Bygrave said.
“What these vehicles represent is, Australia can be a renewable energy superpower – new jobs, new investment and new growth.
“The report that we are launching tonight shows that Australia is in the top three of countries globally with the highest energy renewable resource,” Dr Bygrave said.
He said Australia was making steps in the right direction with roof-top solar.
“But what we’re saying in this report is that we no longer need coal and gas to power our economy.
“In a zero emissions world, which is what we need to have two degrees warming, countries like Australia with vast, cheap renewable energy will be the powerhouses of the future, because we won’t be burning coal, we won’t be burning gas and we won’t be burning oil.”
NPA president Dr Michael Gloster said his group fully supported the ZEN concept.
“It’s a continuation of the Noosa tradition of innovation in environmental protection and care.”
Dr Bygrave said key message for council and the mayor is that there are other communities doing this so they shouldn’t feel alone.
“There are lessons that can be learnt from others and we can help provide the technical advice,” he said.