Victorian Power kg CO2‐e/kWhVictorian Power = 1.23 = 37%New South Wales 0.90PowerFor the same amount of power consumed – Victorian businesses will generate 37% more greenhouse gases.Factors from National Greenhouse Accounts (NGA) Factors July 2010 web site.
Less Cold Days in Australia over 50 Years Source: CSIRO &BoM
More Hot Days in the Last 50 YearsSource: CSIRO &BoM
A Serious Supply Problem 40% Drop in Inflows Over 1997 - 2008 Period
The Trend Continues"June 2011 : This was the 316th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last month with below‐average temperature was February 1985." Data from NOAA on loading the climate dice, NOAA climate statement for first half of 2011, http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/ Melbournes early escape from winter Press Release, Tuesday August 23, 2011 ‐
Today….• Unfortunately the current debate is very polarised• US – nationally little progress. Some states acting.• EU and UK charging ahead• China missed the dot com boom – it won’t miss this one• India, Mexico, Columbia, NZ all have put a price on carbon
Givens for Australia• Australia has signed international commitments that are non‐negotiable.• Both Labor and Coalition have committed to a 5% reduction from 2000 levels by 2020• What does this mean?
Emissions Projections Commitment by both parties ‐ 160MT/yr reduction – Current ~580Mt/yr
It Can be Done! http://ec.europa.eu/clima/documentation/roadmap/docs/com_2011_112_en.pdf
A Victorian Success Australia’s largest polyethylene manufacturer works with City West Water and the Victorian Government to take 90% of its requirements from recycled water.
Ray Anderson ‐ Interface Carpets Ray Anderson 1934‐2011 www.youtube.com/user/Ray CAndersonhttp://www.youtube.com/user/RayCAnderson
Tomorrow…..• Plenty of evidence to be prudent• Treat climate change like any other risk• Being the worst emitter per capita makes it easier to improve• Australia blessed with lots of sun, wind, wave and geothermal – and lots of land!• Industrial competitiveness critical – learning time!• Delay will cost more (Lord Stern, Prof Garnaut and many others)