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Beyond Gas: Moving away from the “transition” fuel?
July 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
"Natural gas has been a key part of our energy mix for years and even became the transition fuel as we moved away from coal-fired electricity generation. Natural gas burns cleaner than coal, producing half the carbon dioxide, and it emits less toxic chemicals when burned.
However, following the linking of Australian markets to international markets natural gas is now going up in price, and it is not a long-term solution to reducing greenhouse emissions given that it is methane gas (a greenhouse gas itself) which produces carbon dioxide when burned. And natural gas is a fossil fuel, not renewable energy, and supplies will be eventually exhausted.
It is currently a mandatory requirement for development in Canberra (Territory Plan, Estate Development Code, p14) that gas be provided to each block. Will this always be the case?
Can we move beyond gas? What are the implications?"