“Go Renewable and Save”
The average regional council can save ratepayers $1m per year by implementing a long-term sustainable energy plan and more and more councils worldwide and here in Australia are developing such plans.
This finding was revealed in a podcast published today by Steve Moore and Kris Wozniak from the PROCUREMENT CORNER, who have interviewed Barbara Albert, co-founder of 100% Renewables in their latest show ‘Go Renewable and Save‘.
The co-hosts and Barbara are discussing the international and local developments in this space and how they apply to organisations, and in particular councils. They are also discussing why local government should go renewable sooner rather than later.
If you would like to find out more about how much the average council can save by being more energy efficient and implementing renewables, please visit our page on ‘$1m for the average council‘.
People sometimes ask why I do what I do and it is a very powerful question. Purpose is what sustains you and keeps you going, it’s the motivation behind everything you do. I never previously talked publicly about why I ended up in the energy and carbon sector, so it was a great opportunity to share my story when the Australian Solar Council asked me to present to their membership base.
I am originally from Austria. When I visited Austria a few years ago, I saw what the new energy model looks like – local generation of energy using the power of flowing water, the wind, the sun and growing plants. When Lower Austria announced that it now generates 100% of its electricity from renewable sources, I made it my mission to help Australian organisations achieve the same.
I am lucky to have Patrick with whom I co-founded the company and with whom I share the same vision of helping organisations create a sustainable energy future. When I recently asked Patrick what his motivation and purpose was his answer was, ’cause it just makes sense’. And this, in my view, summarises the beauty of being more energy efficient and switching to renewables – it makes sense from an economic perspective and it helps mitigate climate change – a true win/win solution.
Patrick and Barbara attended the inaugural Renewable Cities Australia conference in June this year. 100% Renewables is a proud sponsor of RCA, as we truly believe in the role that cities and towns play in our move to a sustainable future, where we change from a fossil-fuel based energy supply to one that is renewable and clean. 100% Renewables is also providing advice to the strategy and operations of RCA, with Barbara being a member of RCA’s advisory board.
100% Renewables has great experience in helping councils maximise their energy productivity and production of renewable energy and we talked about this experience at the conference, see photo on the left. If you are interested in the presentation, you can access it here: Resources Section
There were speakers from big cities like Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide, but also from smaller cities and communities talking about their progress in moving towards a future of renewable energy. The forum provided an ideal opportunity for everyone involved in policy, business, education and community to share their progress and learn from others on the journey to 100% renewable energy.
Presentations included the sustainability strategy of various cities, opportunities for generating renewable energy in cities, how councils can partner with their communities to achieve sustainable outcomes, the role of the corporate world in growing renewable cities, low carbon transport opportunities and learning from case study examples where cities and towns are on the way, or have already achieved 100% renewable energy.
The forum was co-located with the Energy Storage Conference and Patrick and Barbara had great fun exploring the exhibitor stands, see picture above.
A highlight for Barbara was the beautiful, fully electric Tesla car, featured below.
Barbara Albert, co-founder of 100% Renewables will hold a presentation on how organisations can achieve 100% renewable energy.
In her presentation, she will provide a sneak preview of her upcoming book “Four Steps to 100% Renewable Energy – A Guide for Leading Organisations”. She will introduce the four-step-method and the options for making electricity consumption, natural gas and transport fuels fully renewable.
More details about the agenda can be found at the following link:
AFTER PARIS_ Implications and Opportunities Forum – Agenda