Tsunami relief guidelines: the role of renewable energy
Guidelines to aid organisations, ‘Renewable energy in tsunami relief and reconstruction’ calls for a broad-based and systematic substitution of conventionally powered first aid and reconstruction approaches by the many and locally sustainable solar, wind, water and biofuel solutions. The campaign and certain core principles were developed in cooperation with the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (Australia).
Life after coal
There are powerful grounds for hope to systematically and easily transcend the coal and fossil fuel age in electric power generation in Australia. A new Eurosolar commissioned study demonstrates that all expiring nuclear, coal and natural gas fired power station in another coal powered industrial country – Germany – can be readily replaced by renewable energy systems and approaches, without added policy push. This finding should be seen as a powerful encouragement to Australian governments to forego new coal and gas power plant construction in favour of an accelerated policy and practice push in efficiency and RE generation. The study was conducted by the Institute for Sustainable Solutions and Innovations (ISUSI).
Australian cities of tomorrow?
The World Council for Renewable Energy is calling for a new planning approach in Australian cities: an approach increasingly based on renewable energy systems and carbon emissions conscious land use and physical planning. Much greater efficiency, wind, sun, water and bio-fuels – all combine to spell a new approach to urban planning. Two recent WCRE submissions made to the Sydney Metropolitan Strategy process illustrate the basic conditions, challenges and policy targets (November 2004) and a specific set of actions flowing from the twin spectre of climate change and global petroleum supply peak scenarios (January 2005).