Looking At Landcare – 16/12/2016

What are your thoughts on climate change? Is it just a load of mumbo jumbo or is it something that we should really be aware of? 

Whether you believe in it or not, many companies (including insurance companies) and governments are now making decisions based on historic records and scientific projections that will shape how risk is viewed and managed.

According to the ‘Climate Change In Australia’ website, Australia’s climate has warmed since national records commenced in 1910 and particularly after 1950.

The mean surface air temperature since 1910 has increase 0.9 degrees and the daytime maximum temperature has increased 0.8 degrees.

You may think that doesn’t sound like much, but if we are looking to the future and consider how much transport, industry and consumers have changed over that period it is certainly something that we should be taking seriously, particularly when it comes to insurance for properties, crops and machinery etc.

Last week I attended a workshop overviewing the draft plan to Save NSW Energy and Money, plus accompanying policy framework, setting out the goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, which ties in with the Australian Government’s commitment to the Paris Agreement which was adopted a just over a year ago within the (get ready for it) United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to deal with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance.

The NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman announced that a $500 million dollar package would be available to support a range of innovative environmental programs with a focus on job creation and consumer savings.

There are two draft plans available giving an overview. Significant new measures are proposed in the plans. Investment actions to stimulate advanced technology and build climate resilience, help households and businesses use energy more efficiently is the intention of the first draft plan.

The second draft plan has a focus on looking at measures to help households save up to $7.8 billion on energy bills by 2050, but built in there is also a deliberate proposal to help vulnerable families to save energy and money.

In this second draft plan has a focus on saving businesses and industry up to $9.1 billion more on energy bills by 2050. It is hoped that the package will accelerate new technologies and the intention is to guarantee energy security for NSW into the future.

If you would like information on the Regional Clean Energy Program (RCEP) that creates opportunities for communities throughout New South Wales to fully participate in local renewable energy initiatives, I have inserted a link on our website.

Working closely with industry, local governments and other stakeholders, the program ensures these communities receive the necessary information and resources to understand and evaluate renewable energy options for their long-term social, economic and environmental benefit.

Aside from promoting the technology and advantages of wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and other clean-energy sources, the program provides funding to develop community-based projects.

Through the Regional Clean Energy Program (RCEP), the NSW Government is helping communities to produce their own electricity locally, using renewable energy resources.

The RCEP is a key component of the NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan (REAP) to increase generation in the State, and work closely with communities and industry to bring new jobs, investment and technological advances to local economies.

There is certainly a lot to think about in relation to climate change and energy, so be informed.

As usual, links to items in this article are available on facebook or on our website at http://www.centralwestlachlanlandcare.org

Until next week, happy Landcaring!