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Beyond Zero Emissions’ lead researcher for the Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan, Trent Hawkins, will make the very first presentation next week in Byron Bay.

Local climate activist Sapoty Brook says the report is a crucial element in global steps necessary to minimise future catastrophic climate events.

‘The report shows that gas appliances can be replaced by particular types of electric appliances with a significant efficiency improvement’, he says.

‘Hundreds of volunteers around Australia are waiting to be trained to make the presentation to their local communities.’

Sapoty says that the average person in the street will be able to understand the significance of both the study itself and information it will deliver and that the slide presentation will be refined over the next few months to make its messages very clear to everyone.

He also says the ideas will be achievable in an average household. ‘I believe they will be over time. Economies of scale will improve just like they have for solar panels.’

Sapoty says, ‘there is no statement so inspiring as a living example – it’s up to us to start implementing carbon-efficient practices’.

He adds that our community and our country can choose to light the way. It is as important for our children, and theirs.

‘I hope we can get to zero emissions before the big tipping points lock in,’ says Sapoty. ‘Otherwise we will be the creators of a hellish ten-thousand-year tragedy.’

Everyone is welcome to attend the presentation on Tuesday August 6 at the Regional Sport and Cultural Complex in Byron Bay. Doors open at 6pm with soup and snacks provided by Mullumbimby Community Gardens. The presentations start at 7pm. Entry by gold coin donation. Alternatively, ByronBay Multimedia will make the presentations live at www.livestream.com – search for Beyond Zero.


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  1. Ha, ha, ha that was really a very amusing article. This major cutting edge study that shows, and I quote ‘that gas appliances can be replaced by particular types of electric appliances with a significant efficiency improvement’,calls itself Zero emissions. I looked it up: Australia produces its electricity to nearly 80% by burning coal! Keeping in mind that burning coal creates a lot more harmful emissions than burning gas I don`t really see where the positive effect is to be found? Or is this study financed by the energy lobby because running electric appliances is way more expensive than using gas ones that way they can suck out more money from the (quote)’average person in the street’. I suggest to start by educating the public that running heaters may they be gas or electrical in houses that have single glazing and insufficient insulation is not only not sustainable nor economical nor ecological. Trying to keep the cold outside and the heat inside must be the first concern and would reduce the amount of energy by probably 50%. That’s what I would call an efficiency improvement!

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