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Priority 1 for Energy Change, The Sustainable Cities Round Table, 20 May 2009

Posted in Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on June 10th, 2009

Priority 1 for Energy Change‘ is an outcome from the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change, 20 May 2009. Audience members were asked: “In your perspective, what are the three things that need to happen for energy?” Ie. if were going to address climate change what are the most important things that we and others around us can do? This is their response for Priority 1. The data is shown as it was collected – there has been no analysis at this stage at all.

Priority 1
    Build a systems of clean, renewable energy straight away so we have zero carbon environment
    Mass reforestation campaigns and programs ie 1 million ha planted per yr now in Victoria
    Cut government ties to the coal industry
    A clear vision of a 100% renewable energy future
    Proper pricing of carbon
    Stop using coal
    Stop exporting coal
    Tackle influence of fossil fuel and coal industry
    Eliminate electric storage of hot water
    Political will and leadership from government to make decisions that are long term focused
    Work with communities to empower them to change-transforming this difficult and often disempowering situation into one that reunites people in a local and positive way
    Generating clean technology alongside behavioural change to wanting to be energy efficient
    A CPRS with a serious, challenging target
    Immediate move away from coal and oil based energy sources
    Massive funding boost for R & D into renewables
    Make renewables more affordable
    Individuals, industry and government co-operating
    Include negative externalities in the price of polluting energy sources ie culture cost is too low- need to represent true cost
    NEM-change policy.  Decentralised resource structure.  Demand side
    Implement a Carbon tax- lobby governments
    Upgrade the local power grid infrastructure
    Reduce consumption
    Government legislation
    Focus on renewables
    Pricing- price carbon and create ‘level playing field market conditions
    Sustainable households
    Water conservation
    Real price for energy that includes the environmental costs
    Gross feed in tariff with high cap
    Immediate intro of CPRS without free permits and 25% reduction input
    Public transport and cycling investment
    Individual carbon budgets
    Decouple economic worth from consumption
    Renewable energy sources need to be cheaper for consumers
    Regulating incentives for electricity distribution companies
    National carbon rationing scheme
    Incentives to reduce energy consumption eg more bike paths
    Increase possibilities for research and investment in Australia for energy efficient ideas
    Retrofitting of existing buildings with energy efficiency measures
    Regulation/enforcement
    Decentralise and community owned infrastructure
    Make it affordable-solar, double glazing, building material
    Town planners- crucify the weak link
    A belief that there a need to change to low carbon energy sources supported by all the in the community and levels of government
    Build solar thermal power plants
    We need to harness wave energy- oceans being 2/3 of worlds surface
    Build infrastructure for co-generation in localised areas
    Open market for existing technologies
    Alternate sources- solar, wind, tide/wave
    Wiser use of energy together with smart designs.  Education will be a part of it.
    Easy access to real up to date information that you can trust
    Use solar power/renewable energy
    Behaviour change eg education compromise
    Relax planning controls for residential solar while providing a gross feed-in tariff
    Government leading the way.  Includes possible nationalization
    Make it so easy that people dont have to think about it
    Help developing countries leapfrog to renewables
    Learn from nature
    Make energy saving/zero emissions target the top political imperative
    Enact/enforce national carbon trading scheme
    Energy efficiency
    Use less energy
    Education of future generation-make them aware of their footprint
    People need to be more aware of how they are in the world.  Increase self-awareness.  Question their patters of thinking and behaviour
    Distributed energy supply
    Planning regulations need to specify low energy design
    Change the electricity regulation to remove the barriers for implementing distributed renewable energy generation
    Real government leadership-not a measly 5% target
    Invest in public transport sector
    With support, regulation of energy consumption.
    More renewables
    Carbon tax energy audits
    Mandatory targets
    CCS need to move forward
    Dismantle the fossil fuel lobby
    Leadership from those in public positions
    Government infrastructure spending should be directed to projects that facilitate renewable energy innovations
    Energy efficiency
    Remove all incentives- support preferential treatment etc of big industry particularly coal industry
    Update buildings to save energy-everybody needs less energy
    Cultural change so that we have a different view about using resources
    Transition to concentrated solar, thermal and photovoltaic asap
    Address dominant economic ideology.  Economic policy needs to be informed by science/engineering and other disciplines-not economists
    Gross feed in tariffs which reward all renewable energy generation
    Dealing with the high % of existing buildings that are not energy efficient plus keep educating on how to occupy homes in an energy efficient way
    Using the roof spaces of industrial/factories (usually large) to accommodate solar power arrays- could be joint venture with power companies.  This is an untapped resource.
    Convince the deniers that its urgent
    Broad scale implementation of solar passive technology building
    Energy rationing of TV and computers
    Further debate on the role of nuclear power stations
    Governments stop being influenced by fossil fuel secotrs

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