Australia’s capital city, Canberra, is set to become the first city outside the European Union to see a paradigm shift to 100% renewable energy from fossil fuels as stated in a report issued by Australia Institute Climate & Energy Program. Canberra will be the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to buy all its energy from sustainable sources.
The new research finds that on 1 October 2019, an agreement on energy with Hornsdale Wind Farm (SA) will initiate, guaranteeing the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) will meet its 100% sustainable power target by 1 January 2020, or even before this.
The report to be launched by ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr, states:
- The ACT is set to turn into the first major city (population 100,000+) outside Europe, to accomplish this progress.
- Universally, only seven different cities with population more than 100,000 have changed to 100% inexhaustible power, and all of them are in Europe.
- While there are a few areas who have accomplished 100% sustainable power source dependent on notable interest in hydroelectricity, the ACT will join a few who have made the change from a non-renewable energy dominated power system
- A further four locales (in the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Uganda) additionally hope to change to 100% inexhaustible power during 2020.
Commencing from January 2020, Canberra will be a part of seven other cities across the world that procures and produce all the energy used from renewable resources.
The region of Rhein-Hunsrück in Germany became the first region to go 100% sustainable, in 2012; two German states, three states in Austria and one area in Spain followed.
Canberra, a self-administering city with population moving toward 400,000, sources its sustainable power from enormous scale sun based and wind-power projects and different states, alongside sunlight-based panels on houses and acquisition of sustainable power source from certified sources.
Two parties- the Australian Labor Party and the Australian Greens, run the region of Canberra in alliance since 2008. The government has more goals like reaching a net zero emissions by 2045.
Richie Marzipan, Climate & Energy Program Director at The Australia Institute states, “The ACT is a renewable energy trailblazer. Achieving 100% renewable status shows what governments can achieve with strong climate and energy policy.”
According to him the firmness of state governing body enabled it to set some broad objectives to lead on atmosphere activity. “You need that leadership and commitment that is usually beyond the partisan three-year or four-year politicking,” he says.
Australia has a national objective to produce 33 terrawatt-hours of its power, about 23.5% of the nation’s energy utilization, from new sustainable sources by 2020. The nation met this objective ahead of its schedule, toward the start of this current month. In any case, scientists state that as the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions keep on rising, another, increasingly aspiring objective is expected to energize further interest in sustainable power source ventures.