Pathways to the Post-Carbon Economy

In June 2017, Nafeez Ahmed published an article 3 ways Clean Energy will make Big Oil extinct in 12 to 32 Years — without subsidies  which illicited debate in the sustainability community. In response, Nafeez suggested a symposium titled Pathways to the Post-Carbon economy. So far there are three articles, mine, Mark Diesendorf and Saral Sarkar, Josh Floyd, Ugo Bardi, …

The climate mitigation gap and the role of voluntary action

About 10 years ago I was involved in a council project providing information on energy efficiency for the local community. I remember commenting to my collaborators that a lifetime of changing light globes is not going to make up for our recent overseas trips. Local action was all about the little things - light globes, …

A few thoughts on the AS/NZS 5139 battery standard

The controversy around the draft AS/NZS 5139:2017 for the safe installation of battery systems highlights two competing interest groups. The first is the residential-based activist community that support ‘democratised energy’, ‘distributed energy’, and home-based solar with charging. This group also includes the supply and marketing firms and websites that sell into, market, and profit from …

Japan as a template for how societies might reconfigure with economic stagnation and declining net-energy

Japan has enormous debt, falling population, and faces a demographic ‘time bomb’. But my current visit to Japan reveals a vibrant, friendly, and civilised society. So how to make sense of these observations? My sense is that Japan may become a model for societies adjusting to the new reality of stagnant economic growth. Japan certainly …