Energy


WHY IS THIS SOLUTION IMPORTANT


The energy sector pumps out 42% of global greenhouse gas emissions annually, making it the highest-emitting sector. Yet, in 2018, global energy-related CO2 emissions rose 1.7% to a historic high of 33.1 Gt CO2. We need to change our current trajectory and fast!

The energy sector represents one of the biggest opportunities to address climate change and create a positive impact for people and the planet. It is time to say good-bye to fossil fuels and embrace a more renewable, equitable and secure energy system.

The good news is that it’s 100% doable! An energy revolution is already underway with some countries transitioning to renewable sources, and others leapfrogging fossil fuels altogether and going straight to renewables! The clean energy transition is inevitable because eventually fossil fuels will run out, so it is crucial that we make this transition fast and fair – for both people and for our planet.

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WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN BY 2040


The first step in the clean energy transition is a no-brainer – we need to stop building coal and natural gas power plants! The next step is phasing out existing fossil fuel plants and replacing them with renewable energy generation.

The real superstar here is something called decentralised generation. It will change the way we produce, distribute and consume energy. In fact, it is already happening in some parts of the world. With decentralised generation, energy is produced in close proximity to where it is being used, instead of relying on large power plants that send electricity through the grid. Roof-top solar panels are one such example of a decentralised system.

Advances in renewable energy technologies will soon make it cheaper to generate your own power than buying it from the grid. Essentially, anyone will be able to be an energy producer! Any home, business or school can become a mini power plant that links to other energy producers to form a microgrid. These grids will allow peer-to-peer electricity trading, so you can sell, buy and even share electricity with your neighbours. A decentralised structure builds grids from the bottom up, instead of from the top down. We are at the beginning of an era of energy democracy where power will literally be in the hands of the people.

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WHO NEEDS TO BE INVOLVED


A fast and fair clean energy transition includes everyone who uses and makes electricity. While Government action is necessary, is it also up to us, the people, to be the momentum for change. We can address climate change and revitalise our communities by choosing clean energy.

We can build locally owned renewable energy projects or develop resilient community microgrids; choose green energy from power companies; make our homes, schools and businesses more energy efficient; demand economically and environmentally just energy policy; challenge the power of utility companies; and demand a just transition away from fossil fuels and nuclear power that looks after those who work in the energy sector and honours their contribution to building our society.

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