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Scaling electric-vehicle infrastructure to meet demand
Electric mobility - via EV's - is a clear pathway to zero-emissions transportation. In this article, Andreas Lips, president and CEO of Shell Recharge Solutions in North America/Asia–Pacific, describes what infrastructure is required for the expected rapid uptake of EV's.We need clean energy, distributed through the grid. But in many countries, including Australia, "the grid is not ready for electric-vehicle charging at scale"."Three concepts need addressing:  open standards, interoperability, and energy management". "EV charging will happen where it’s most convenient for the consumer and businesses. And that drive for convenience will drive the future of e-mobility".https://www.
19 October 2022 by Jeremy Wright

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Climate Change in Photos
IdeaSpies Partner The Carbon Almanac Network has created a free photo book depicting global climate change with vivid photos from Getty Images and four custom covers by world-renowned artist Shepard Fairey. We have been asked to spread this visual online book throughout the IdeaSpies Community to help amplify how urgent and necessary it is for each of us to take group climate action.https://thecarbonalmanac.org/photo-book/
13 October 2022 by IdeaSpies

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The little Aussie EV car company that could
Australia’s Good Car Company has an ambitious, world-first approach to getting more EVs on the road. “The simplest thing was to find used EVs from overseas and bring them over,” said co-founder Broese van Groenou. While importing 500 EVs may be small, demand is skyrocketing along with gasoline prices.  Now they are sourcing large volumes of used cars from Japan (right-hand drive, low mileage and good quality), via a bulk purchase arrangements for specific communities. Mike Cannon-Brookes' https://www.boundless.earth/ has invested to help with the risk.  Councils and buying groups around Australia are starting to sign up. https://www.climateandcapitalmedia.com/the-little-car-compan
6 October 2022 by Jeremy Wright

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Widespread coal closures opens path to 100 pct renewables
Further reduction of coal-fired power in Australia has been confirmed (Sept 2022), with major renewable initiatives by the Queensland, NSW and Victorian Governments and the early closure of AGL's Loy Yang power station. The NSW Government is launching their Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap and first Renewable Energy Zone tender. The Queensland government aims to achieve 80 per cent renewables by 2035 and Victoria announced its first big energy storage target, using “advanced inverters” from a big battery to supply system strength. Together with the AGL departure, the 100% renewable target is is sight.https://reneweconomy.com.au/stunning-week-of-early-coal-closures-opens-path-to-100-pct-renewables/ 
5 October 2022 by Jeremy Wright

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Australia standing 3rd worldwide for Solar electricity
Australia, with 12.3% of its electricity generated by solar, is third highest worldwide, behind Chile (18%) and Honduras (12.5%) according to Energy Monitor. But we have the potential to gain further ground with many developments underway. These include a Queensland Gov plan to reach 70% renewable electricity by 2032 (see ABC announcement) and NSW establishing 5 Renewable Energy Zones (see Gov data below).Combined with the earlier-than-expected closure of Loy Yang coal-fired Power Station in Victoria (currently providing 30% of electricity) - we are truly in a transition, but we still need a speed-up.https://www.energymonitor.ai/tech/renewables/the-worlds-top-ten-solar-power-superpowers 
30 September 2022 by Jeremy Wright

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Australian Funds Group IGCC set high bar for emissions reduction
The Investor Group on Climate Change, (IGCC) whose members have more than $3 TRILLION in Australian funds under management, have announced the high priority policies that can unlock capital for Australia’s transition to net zero with a 75% reduction proposed by 2035. Climate risks and opportunities have become mainstream considerations in global capital markets. Now, trustees are focusing on how to invest in emissions-reducing assets, and how to protect  long-term returns from the physical impacts of climate change.As well as targeting 75% emissions reduction, the IGCC proposes the establishment of a National Transition AuthorityFull Report available: https://igcc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/IGCC-Policy-2025-PrioritiesWeb.pdf
28 September 2022 by Jeremy Wright