Zero Carbon Australia 2020 Stationary Energy Plan

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The Zero Carbon Australia 2020 Stationary Energy Plan is a detailed, costed blueprint demonstrating how Australia can reach zero emissions electricity by 2020 using proven, existing, commercialised technology.

Matthew Wright, Beyond Zero Emissions Executive Director has stated:

“we have concluded that there are no technological impediments to transforming Australia’s stationary energy sector to zero emissions over the next ten years. The costs of transformation are adequately offset by savings made from shifting away from the business as usual scenario.”

“No resource constraints were identified. With adequate societal and political commitment and regulatory support, the goal of an efficient and competitive zero-emissions stationary energy sector is well within Australia’s reach.” Wright said.

“The investment required for ZCA2020 implementation over the ten years is only 3-3.5% of GDP. However, this is offset by avoiding the costs of a future carbon price and escalating oil, coal and water prices. Given the urgent necessity of transitioning to a 100% renewable economy within a decade, this is a sensible expenditure.”

The plan has been written by Beyond Zero Emissions and was partly funded by the Climate Emergency Network.

The plan provides details on:

  • Using concentrated solar thermal power with molten salt storage to provide up to 60% of electricity
  • Using wind power to provide up to 40% of electricity
  • Using biomass to provide electricity for some short periods, excluding burning native forests woodchips.

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