We were pleased to welcome our local MP Independent Federal Member for Warringah Zali Steggall OAM and her team to Emerald’s head office in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Whilst Emerald does not endorse or support any political party, it was an excellent opportunity to discuss renewables and energy-efficiency at a local, state and national level.
Zali is passionate about climate change and innovations that will future-proof the environment and economy. Zali and her team were interested to learn more about Emerald’s energy-saving products and our involvement across national carbon abatement energy-efficiency schemes.
Emerald’s products support the reduction of carbon emissions both residentially and commercially – enabling everyday Australians to contribute to the Australian Government’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 43 per cent below 2005 levels by 2003 and net zero by 2050.
Also discussed was the Peak Demand Reduction Scheme (PDRS). The scheme, established in September 2021, aims to reduce peak electricity demand in NSW by incentivising households and businesses to reduce energy consumption during peak demand times. Due to begin in the summer of 2022-2023, it aims to help NSW achieve its net zero emissions target, ensure reliable supply, and reduce electricity prices across NSW. It is estimated that the scheme could save households and businesses $1.2 billion on their bills between 2022 and 2040.
Zali’s ‘5 Steps to Net Zero’ outlines how she believes Australia can transition to a carbon neutral economy, while creating jobs:
Provide a climate change framework to get to Net Zero
By passing the Climate Change Bills, which include strong legislated targets, emissions budgets, sector specific planning and broad consultation.
By committing to an orderly transition to 80% renewable energy by 2030, with no new coal or gas developments and increased energy efficiency in the building sector.
By supporting a minimum 76% target of new vehicle sales to be electric by 2030 with tax incentives, investment in charging networks and improving emissions and fuel standards.
By incentivising the production of green steel, green aluminium and green hydrogen for industry and establishing a transition fund to support communities.
Regenerate Australia and Future-proof Agriculture
By rolling out tree planting and soil carbon sequestration and investment in low carbon agricultural practices and innovative technologies.
“The impacts of Climate Change represent the greatest threat to our national security, our economy, our health, and our environment. But if we implement an effective plan now, we can create a safe and prosperous future for ourselves and our children”. Zali Steggall
Read Zali Stegall’s ‘5 Steps to Net Zero’ here www.zalisteggall.com.au/climate