Towards Zero Emissions Noosa

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Anderson, Carina, Passey, Robert, De Valck, Jeremy and Shah, Rakibuzzaman. 2019. "Towards Zero Emissions Noosa." Sustainability. 11 (17), pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11174679
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Towards Zero Emissions Noosa

ERA Journal ID41498
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsAnderson, Carina (Author), Passey, Robert (Author), De Valck, Jeremy (Author) and Shah, Rakibuzzaman (Author)
Journal TitleSustainability
Journal Citation11 (17), pp. 1-17
Article Number4679
Number of Pages17
Year2019
PublisherMDPI AG
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
ISSN2071-1050
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/su11174679
Web Address (URL)https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/11/17/4679
Abstract

This paper reports on a case study of the community group Zero Emissions Noosa, whose goal is for 100% renewable electricity in the Noosa Shire (Queensland, Australia) by 2026. Described within this paper are the processes used by Zero Emissions Noosa to set up their zero emissions plan, involving community engagement and the use of an external consultant. The external consultant was employed to produce a detailed report outlining how to successfully achieve zero emissions from electricity in the Noosa Shire by 2026. This paper explains how and why the community engagement process used to produce the report was just as important as the outcomes of the report itself. Modeling was undertaken, and both detailed and contextual information was provided. Inclusion of the community in developing the scenario parameters for the modeling had a number of benefits including establishing the context within which their actions would occur and focusing their efforts on options that were technically feasible, financially viable and within their capabilities to implement. This provided a focal point for the community in calling meetings and contacting stakeholders. Rather than prescribing a particular course of action, it also resulted in a toolbox of options, a range of possible solutions that is flexible enough to fit into whatever actions are preferred by the community. The approach and outcomes discussed in this paper should, therefore, be useful to other communities with similar carbon emission reduction goals.

KeywordsNoosa; community; zero emissions; renewable energy; modeling; toolbox of options
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420599. Nursing not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsCentral Queensland University
University of New South Wales
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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