According to the most recent assessment from Beyond Zero Emissions, all we need to do is deploy the technology to cut our emissions as much as 80%. Beyond what we’re covering here, go into Beyond Zero Emissions’ vision is for a flourishing zero-emissions Australia for additional information.
The Australian Climate Bill, legislation enacted by the newly elected federal Labour administration, calls for a 43% reduction in emissions. According to Geoff Summerhayes, chair of Beyond Zero Emissions, “‘Deploy’ is BZE’s first research release since the passage of this federal legislation and in this paper, we make the case for a more ambitious 81% reduction by 2030.
This analysis dispels the myth that emissions-reducing technology are either still in the works or, worse, nonexistent. The research describes how we may accomplish outsized emissions reduction, generate future-proof jobs, and build the economic framework for contemporary and competitive export sectors using six currently established and available technologies. Deploy explains how technologies like wind turbines, solar panels, energy storage, heat pumps, electrolyzers, and electric vehicles (EVs) can transform how electricity is produced, transported, and used in buildings and other structures, all while reducing carbon emissions by 81% over the course of the next five years.
The deployment plan will result in the creation of 195,000 jobs that are not reliant on the ups and downs of the fossil fuel markets. “We found that a technology rollout at scale, plus carbon drawdown for targeted activities, can put Australia on the path towards the IPCC scenario SSP1-1.9 (for 1.5 degrees of average global warming).
In order for this to be successful, according to BZE, Australia will need to build 3,000 electrolyzers, 14 times as many electric vehicles (EVs), 37 times as many heat pumps, and 2 times as many solar panels as were built in 2021 each year for the following five years. According to what I’ve read about the area, the objectives for solar panels, wind turbines, batteries, and electrolyzers are being achieved. Uncertain if we will be able to deploy 3.8 million electric vehicles in the next five years.
Fleet sales, which account for one-third of the new car market in Australia, can do the heavy lifting, the research assures us. It’s not unusual to have ambition at this level. By December 2021, Sweden had raised its new car sales from 10% EVs in December 2019 to 60% EVs. It will take 27 years to replace all ICE vehicles currently on the road, even if we install EVs as quickly as Norway.
These EVs will include automobiles, trucks, buses, light commercial vehicles, and farm equipment. 1.12 million residential chargers and 236,000 public EV charging stations will be required to support them. These will need to be accessible and visible (to help with range anxiety).
“Australia’s household air-conditioning heat pump rollout is already progressing more quickly than the rate required in this plan. But the number of heat pump water heater installations needs to increase dramatically.
Everyone will become a generator, producing, storing, and selling electricity back to the grid, and private residences will integrate into the energy infrastructure. According to the paper, behavior adjustments could result in a 4% reduction in emissions, but they are challenging and take time. An orderly transition will require coordination across all tiers of government.
The key thing is that we have the means to defeat the climatic beasts that plague humanity. By putting existing technology to use and rejecting messengers who want us to wait for fabled silver bullets, we must get to work and employ those tools.
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