16.4 C
Byron Shire
June 18, 2024

Consumer watchdog asked to investigate MasterChef ‘renewable gas’ claims

Latest News

Do you have an IF?

When 12-year-old Bea moves into her grandmother Margaret’s apartment in New York, while her father waits for heart surgery in the same hospital where her mother died of cancer years earlier, she chafes against his playful antics, insisting she can handle the situation with maturity.

Other News

Laura Tingle

To the Most Honourable Professor of Good Sense, David Lowe, I’ve just read your opinion in our beloved Byron...

Murwillumbah’s Budd Park – what do you want to see there?

Tweed Council is seeking community feedback on a draft concept plan to upgrade Budd Park at Murwillumbah, a popular meeting point beside the Tweed River.

Winter fest at Byron High, June 18

To celebrate the creative and artistic talents of students, Byron Bay High School is holding its annual Winter Arts Festival (a.k.a the WAF) showcase evening on Tuesday, June 18. 

Positive change for New Brighton beach

Ocean conservation non-profit Positive Change for Marine Life (PCFML) hosted a World Ocean Day beach clean-up and a mangrove educational session jointly hosted by the Salty Mangrove Cafe in New Brighton on Saturday.

Forrest Organics

Victoria Cosford At the Forrest’s stall while Dave serves and chats to customers, wife Sue is showing me the magazine...

The incredible shrinking ambition of Peter Dutton

Last week, Peter Dutton's Liberal-National Coalition formally abandoned Australia's legislated 2030 emissions reduction target.

Gas stovetop. Pixabay.

Claims that ‘renewable gas’ is making MasterChef ‘greener’ are under scrutiny following a complaint to the ACCC.

Climate communications group, Comms Declare, has asked the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to investigate claims by the Australian Gas Network (AGN) as part of its sponsorship of Australia’s most loved cooking show.

Specific claims in the complaint include MasterChef host Andy Allen in Episode 4 saying ‘And I’m excited to say this year, MasterChef is going greener with renewable gas.’

Founder of Comms Declare, Belinda Noble said, ‘We believe that hundreds of thousands of MasterChef fans are being deceived into thinking that the gas used in the program is good for the planet.

‘The biomethane and grey hydrogen used in the MasterChef kitchen is not renewable, not low emissions, not commercially viable and not available in ordinary Australian homes. We call on MasterChef producers to drop this polluting sponsor and move to induction cooking, like their counterparts around the world.’

Deal slammed

News of the AGN MasterChef sponsorship deal has been widely slammed.

Environment Victoria’s Climate Campaign Manager Joy Toose said, ‘Pretending we can use hydrogen or biomethane in our gas network is an impractical fantasy. We couldn’t make anywhere near enough biomethane to cover our needs, and hydrogen is far too expensive for household use. It would require a complete overhaul of the gas network and the replacement of every single gas appliance.

‘Switching to efficient electric heating, cooking and hot water systems is not only better for our health and for the climate, they’re also more affordable to run.

‘It’s no coincidence that as the Victorian government looks to give more households access to electric appliances and phase out gas, the gas network owners are paying MasterChef big bucks to create confusion about the need to electrify. It’s a cynical attempt to stall progress to preserve their massive profits.’

The ACCC complaint was prepared and lodged by the Environmental Defenders Office.

Comms Declare represents more than 95 ad agencies and hundreds of communications professionals who have declared they will not promote:

  • The growth of fossil fuels.
  • High greenhouse gas pollution as ‘business as usual’.
  • Deception, distraction or spin around science or climate actions.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

2 COMMENTS

  1. The Fossil Fuel Industry, gotta luv ’em.
    They’ve successfully bought off Lab and LIbNat with $’shundredspfhtousands ‘donations’.
    But why stop there, eh, get onto national TV by buying off MasterGASChef.
    If the MasterChef head honchos had any brains they’d by pushing induction cooking.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Spanish Film Festival

It’s fiesta time as the 2024 HSBC Spanish Film Festival, presented by Palace Cinemas, prepares to set screens alight with a superb selection of the finest new films from Spain and Latin America. The festival’s largest lineup to date opens nationally in June at Palace Cinemas.

Byron Open Mic at Yulli’s

Byron’s newest Open Mic afternoon is on every Sunday at Yulli’s on Carlyle St.  Yulli’s want to welcome all acoustic musicians and singer/songwriters to come on down and showcase their talent.

Driven with soul

Under a different stage name Milo Green is an award-winning songwriter and musician who has supported iconic artists like Diesel, Dragon, Josh Pyke, Glen Shorrock (Little River Band) and more.

Exciting live act

One of Australia’s hottest slide guitarists, Adam Hole is one of the most exciting live acts on the circuit today.