BBSN aim for zero emis­sions in Baw Baw

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - CLUB NOTES -

What would it be like to live in a home that has no en­ergy bills and is more com­fort­able?

What if all your neigh­bours did the same?

And imag­ine if all busi­ness and in­dus­try were ac­cess­ing affordable, re­li­able re­new­able en­ergy from their own roof or from a larger lo­cal gen­er­a­tion fa­cil­ity?

What kind of com­mu­nity scale re­new­able en­ergy is best suited to our area?

A core group of lo­cals are pon­der­ing these and more ques­tions and would love to hear from more peo­ple who are keen to get in­volved.

Baw Baw Sus­tain­abil­ity Net­work (based in Yar­ragon), Be­yond Zero Emis­sions and Baw Baw Shire Coun­cil are col­lab­o­rat­ing on a project aimed at our re­gion of Baw Baw reach­ing zero car­bon emis­sions from our use of elec­tric­ity and gas over the next 10 years.

BBSN president Mal­colm McKelvie said this will bring ben­e­fits to the area with many jobs do­ing use­ful, ben­e­fi­cial work, re­duced power bills, more com­fort­able build­ings as well as show­cas­ing Baw Baw as a lead­ing com­mu­nity, tak­ing ac­tion to ad­dress pol­lu­tion.

The ini­tial steps will be to gather base­line data on the use of gas and elec­tric­ity in the shire, en­gage the com­mu­nity in the process and draft an im­ple­men­ta­tion plan for the on the ground works to hap­pen over the com­ing decade.

“There’s a lot of work ahead of us and there’s no doubt plenty of hur­dles to jump and pot holes to avoid,” Dr McKelvie said.

Peo­ple who would like to get in­volved can con­tact the BBSN via email, phone 0417 364 615 or in per­son with any of their mem­bers.

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