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You can’t make a net-zero Australia on a gas cooktop

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Climate Change Authority’s annual review highlights the need for significant societal and individual trade-offs in transitioning to a net-zero economy
• Key industries, including coal, steel, and agriculture, must undergo major transformations
• The Australian government faces pressure to phase out household gas appliances, with varying responses from federal and state levels

🔭 The context: Australia’s status as an energy superpower positions it uniquely in driving global renewable energy initiatives
• However, the transition poses challenges, notably in employment shifts, industry adaptation, and technological changes in sectors like motor mechanics and agriculture
The debate intensifies over the federal government's role in phasing out residential gas appliances

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Transitioning to a net-zero economy is crucial for mitigating climate change
• This involves significant changes, such as moving away from gas to electric alternatives in households and preserving gas for industries with limited alternative fuel options
• The decisions made will have lasting impacts on energy consumption, emission reductions, and sustainable development

⏭️ What's next: The path forward involves balancing economic, social, and environmental factors
• Decisions like phasing out gas appliances and supporting industries in transitioning away from fossil fuels are imminent
The government’s actions will play a critical role in shaping Australia’s contribution to global climate goals

💬 One quote: “If our energy and climate change minister thinks a decision to phase out residential gas appliances is too hard, then we really should just give up on the net zero goal” (Tristan Edis, Green Energy Markets)

📈 One stat: Phasing out gas appliances in Victoria could lead to a net saving of $900 per household, outweighing the $3.5 billion loss for gas pipeline owners by the $17 billion community benefit from 2023 to 2050

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