Byron shire aims to lead Australia on zero emissions community plan

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Byron Shire – in the northern rivers region of New South Wales – is aiming to become the first region in Australia to become “net zero emissions”, with a goal to reduce emissions from energy, transport, buildings, waste and land use to zero within 10 years.

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Better Growth Better Climate

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The Global Commission, advised by some of the world’s leading economists, has set out a ten point Global Action Plan for governments and businesses to secure better growth in a low-carbon economy.

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Energy Security Outlook

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The Energy Security Outlook report examines issues pertinent to India’s energy security. It takes a multi-dimensional view of energy and energy security in India and aims to touch upon all the key issues facing the country’s energy and development agenda.

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Low Carbon West Report

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Low Carbon West is a partnership between WAGA, LeadWest and Western Melbourne Regional Development Australia to develop a blueprint for transition to a low carbon economy in the WAGA region.  In 2014, the project developed a baseline for the west’s carbon emissions, identified objectives for the plan and consulted on actions to fulfill them.

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Pathways to Deep Decarbonization

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On September 19, 2014 the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project published its 2014 report, which was presented at the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23, 2014.

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Disruptive social innovation for a low-carbon world

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Dr Samuel Alexander, Research Fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute produces a working paper as part of the Visions and Pathways 2040 project.

Pathways to a zero-carbon economy: John Wiseman

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A new working paper by Prof John Wiseman titled ‘Pathways to a zero-carbon economy: learning from large scale de-carbonisation strategies‘, provides an overview of key features of the most promising and innovative large scale low-carbon economy transition plans and strategies.

Canada: launch of new Energy Systems Simulator

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The Cananadian Energy Systems Analysis Research has developed powerful new interactive visualisation tools of Canada’s energy systems. For the first time, a window of access is available to more than 30 years of highly integrated data on the energy systems of Canada and its provinces.

The Great Transition Initiative

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The Great Transition Initiative is an online forum of ideas and an international network for the critical exploration of concepts, strategies, and visions for a transition to a future of enriched lives, human solidarity, and a resilient biosphere. The website serves as a platform for examining global conditions and prospects, and for exploring bold visions and change strategies.

The transition to renewable energy is eminently affordable

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The Guardian, 13 April 2014

Landmark UN analysis concludes global roll-out of clean energy would shave only a tiny fraction off economic growth.  Catastrophic climate change can be averted without sacrificing living standards according to a UN report, which concludes that the transformation required to a world of clean energy is eminently affordable.