Sunday, 3 June 2018

Note address spelling should be Marwal not Marwell


 Here is the link to Richard's presentation .


Wednesday 27 JUNE - NOTE - Change of Venue


Note Change of Venue

Marwal Centre
9-11 Marwal Avenue
North Balwyn


 Energy independence?
Cheaper power bills?
Less pollution?
 What can home batteries do for you?
There's been a lot of buzz about batteries for home energy storage.  Some pundits are talking about disconnecting from the grid.   This talk takes a look at home battery systems.  Does it make sense to buy one?  What are the benefits and issues?  Will it work with your existing solar?

Lighter Footprints invites you to join us and our expert guest speaker on
Wednesday 27 June
7.00 for 7.30 start

“BATTERY  FUNDAMENTALS
Richard Keech





:  Richard is an engineer, consultant and author with particular interest in renewable energy and energy efficiency. He has masters degrees in both Engineering (Electronics) and Environment (Energy Efficiency).  He was a key author of the Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan and a regular contributor to the ATA's publications on topics related to energy efficiency.  Richard lives in Melbourne with his family in their zero-carbon home.  Richard is the author of 'The Energy Freedom Home' published by Scribe.

In addition Ric Brazzale Green Energy Trading will provide a broad context of the uptake of batteries in terms of impact on the grid.

Marwal Centre
9-11 Marwal Avenue
North Balwyn
Gold donation at the door
For more information, Carolyn Ingvarson 0411 115 186, or just turn up on the night. www.lighterfootprints.org






Come join us 

And there will be more about our actions and plans 
and ways for you to join in.



Please join us from 7 pm for 'meet and greet' with food and drinks, and a 7.30 pm start. 
We ask for a small donation to help cover costs.
Any issues to discuss, call Carolyn 0411 115 186

Monday, 30 April 2018


 Wednesday 30 MAY


Wednesday May 30
7 pm for 7.30 pm
Guide Hall - Faversham Rd
Canterbury


Mark WakehamCEO Environment Victoria 



Australia’s clean energy transition can start in Victoria 


Mark Wakeham is CEO of Environment Victoria, one of Australia’s leading environment charities, and Board co-chair of the Sunrise Project. He’s been involved in successful campaigns to stop the Jabiluka uranium mine in Kakadu, introduce an Australian renewable energy target and retire our oldest coal-fired power stations. He has degrees in Economics, Adult education and Australian History, and was the winner of the Jill Reichstein Award for Social Change in 2016. As well as his work with environment organisations he has also worked in the solar industry, as a lecturer at Northern Territory University and as a radio operator in the Australian Army.



Come join us 

And in our second half, there will be more about our actions and plans 
and ways for you to join in.



Please join us from 7 pm for 'meet and greet' with food and drinks, and a 7.30 pm start. 
We ask for a small donation to help cover costs.
Any issues to discuss, call Carolyn 0411 115 186


Thursday, 12 April 2018

New poster for forum May 1








Tristan Edis:  Outline of the challenges - View Tristan's Presentation

Nick Aberle:  The role of State and Federal Government - View Nick's Presentation

And if you want to catch the discussion associated with the above slides, go to

FaceBook Live recording of all 4 speakers and question time 

(Note: broken out excerpts coming soon)



The panel 
Speakers will share expert knowledge and objective comment on the current policies of the Labor, Liberal and Green Parties 
and demonstrate effective pathways to achieve affordable energy and a safe climate 
**
Tristan Edis:  Outline of the challenges
Emily Peach: A young activist thinking about our future
Matthew Warren:  An industry perspective
Nick Aberle:  The role of State and Federal Government

**
A Q&A session will follow the presentations
Council, State and Federal Politicians and Candidates for the local area will be invited to attend

Tristan Edis (Green Energy Markets)
Tristan is the Director Analysis and Advisory at Green Energy Markets, where he assists clients understand and make informed decisions about renewable energy, energy efficiency and other carbon abatement markets. Tristan’s involvement in the clean energy sector and related government climate change and energy policy issues dates back more than a decade, including running Climate Spectator, a daily publication on clean energy issues; the Grattan Institute think tank; the Clean Energy Council; Ernst & Young; and the Australian Government’s Greenhouse Office.  Tristan will also chair the forum and the Q&A.

Emily Peach (Community climate activist) 
Emily grew up on a small farm near Christchurch, New Zealand.  She studied Physics at Canterbury University, planning to become a high school teacher.  After travelling across Europe, she now works in Melbourne and has joined with Lighter Footprints.  He involvement in the climate change movement has been quite recent, when she realised how big a problem global warming really is and how desperate the situation has become, and she is committed to doing whatever she can to help solve this global crisis we find ourselves in.

Matthew Warren (Australian Energy Council)                                      
Matthew is the inaugural Chief Executive of the Australian Energy Council, which represents major electricity and downstream natural gas businesses operating in competitive wholesale and retail energy markets.  He was previously Chief Executive of the Clean Energy Council, where he made a significant contribution to Australian policy debate on the role of renewable energy in meeting the challenges of reducing emissions.  He has also worked as an advocate for the mining and food industries, and has advised both governments and industry on environmental policy. 

Nick Aberle (Environment Victoria)
Nick is the Campaigns Manager at Environment Victoria, where he has worked on the transition of Victoria’s electricity system from coal to renewable energy, and improving mine rehabilitation. Prior to this, he spent three years as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, contributing to the 2013 State of the Environment Report.  He will provide factual information about the energy situation one year after the retirement of Hazelwood Coal Power Station, and comment on State political party policies. 

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Forum May 1

Here are the connections to the Eventbrite page for registration.
Would be great to have you booked in.

Either visit Eventbrite site - search Lighter Footprints

or go to this link

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cheaper-electricity-and-clean-energy-community-forum-tickets-45012008128

Additional information on the May 1 Energy forum will be posted.

If you have queries at this stage, please call Carolyn  0411 115 186

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Next Meeting - Wednesday March 28th


Wednesday March 28 
7 pm for 7.30 pm
Guide Hall - Faversham Rd
Canterbury



Speaker: DAVID SPRATT

“Making Canberra sit up and take notice: climate change as risky business”.

With a conservative elected government in Canberra, whose views and actions range from climate-denialism to inadequate policy responses, what narratives about global warming might help change the way the broader government grasps this issue? David will discuss his recent work on climate change, conflict and risk in the Asia-Pacific region, and how this approach works in Canberra.



David Spratt is a climate activist and Research Director for Breakthrough: National Centre for Climate restoration. He is the co-author of the book “Climate Code Red: The case for emergency action”. His recent work has focussed on the national security implications of climate change, and on the scientific understatement of climate change’s existential risks.

The Facebook Live Video feed is available here
and
The slides from David's presentation are available here




Sunday, 18 February 2018

Next Meeting - Wednesday Feb 28th

Wednesday February 28 
7 pm for 7.30 pm
Guide Hall - Faversham Rd
Canterbury



Come and hear our speaker to start a big year.


 Simon Holmes a Court
"Reasons to be Cheerful "


Many of us are frustrated by the toxic political and media environment surrounding renewable energy and climate change. While this frustration is justified, there are many indicators and untold stories that demonstrate that real progress is being made, by community and business, and the energy transition is well under way.

Simon Holmes à Court is senior advisor to the Energy Transition Hub at Melbourne University and sits on the advisory board of the Melbourne Energy Institute. He has been a pioneering force in the Australian community energy movement, as the founding chair of Hepburn Wind, the country's first community owned wind farm, and founder of Embark Australia, a non-profit consultancy helping communities share in the benefits of local renewable energy.
Simon writes regularly on the technical and political aspects of the energy transition. 


The slides from Simon's presentation are available here

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Lighter Footprints End of Year Party - Join Us!

Resources on The Baseload Myth and National Energy Guarantee Presentations

Mick Nolan and Ric Brazzale gave excellent presentations at our last Lighter Footprints meeting on 29 November. A number of people have asked for the slides the presenters used. Below are links to the presentation slides on Dropbox.

Exploding the Baseload Myth by Mick Nolan

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1gnuniuwMfS3cwC6IQ4Urn1U5NpG_buE19absvNYtxM8

National Energy Guarantee by Ric Brazzale

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gTsuEKkTDGd4DgxR_FlvkxjESiWoVx1N/view


You can also view the full presentations on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LighterFootprintsMelbourne/

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Next Lighter Footprints Meeting Wednesday 29 November


Wednesday November 29 
7 pm for 7.30 pm
Guide Hall - Faversham Rd
Canterbury

Busting the Baseload Myth
&
Can the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) be Made to Work?

We hear a great deal about the need for "baseload power" but what does that mean and why do we need it? How does it differ from dispatchable power? What do we really know about the National Energy Guarantee? Can it be made to work effectively to reduce emissions or is it a ruse created to appease the right rump of the Liberal Party? 

Ric Brazzale and Mick Nolan will cut through the spin and help us to understand these essential concepts and the latest energy policy acrobatics. 


Ric Brazzale is Chairman of the Green Energy Group and has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy sector.
The Green Energy Group comprises Green Energy Trading (GET) and Green Energy Markets (GEM). GET is one of the largest environmental certificate creators in Australia and is active across renewable energy and energy efficiency markets. GEM is a dynamic research and advisory business with a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing renewable energy and distributed generation, and improving energy efficiency
Prior to establishing the Green Energy Group in 2007, Ric headed the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), now the Clean Energy Council, a leading advocate for renewable energy and energy efficiency markets in Australia. Before this, Ric worked in a number of business development and finance roles with Fletcher Challenge Energy, John Holland and Woodside Petroleum.
Ric is President of the REC Agents Association and a Director of the Energy Efficiency Certificate Creators Association.


Mick Nolan is currently the National Engineering & Facilities Manager at Swire Cold storage. This includes responsibility for energy opex and in recent times a new Energy Efficiency role has been created to support energy efficiency. 
Prior to working at Swire, he worked in a number of  food manufacturers in project roles, and engineering roles, over 25 years, including Cadbury, Kraft and Patties Foods. He is in the process of completing a Masters in Environment and Planning at RMIT.


Come join us 

And in our second half, there will be more about our actions and plans 
and ways for you to join in.


Please join us from 7 pm for 'meet and greet' with food and drinks, and a 7.30 pm start. 
We ask for a small donation to help cover costs.
Any issues to discuss, call Lynn 0425 843 685


Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Guarding the Galilee Screening Thursday 2 November 7:00pm

INSIDE THE FIGHT TO STOP ADANI COAL


Thursday 2 November at 7:00 PM
1 Faversham Rd, Canterbury , VIC 3126
ACF Boroondara and Lighter Footprints would like to invite you to a screening of Guarding The Galilee: a 30 minute documentary film that takes us inside the fight to stop Adani's Carmichael coal mine. 
Where:  Guide Hall Canterbury 1 Faversham rd
When: 7.00pm, Thursday 2nd November
Narrated by award-winning actor Michael Caton, the film features farmers, dive instructors and boat operators all concerned about the impacts Adani’s dirty mine would have on water resources, climate and the reef. Guarding The Galilee explores the impacts of this project and actions we can take to stop it.
After the film we’ll discuss what actions local people can take to make a difference to the campaign. Looking forward to seeing you for what promises to be a wonderful evening!

Friday, 13 October 2017

Next Lighter Footprints Meeting October 25


Wednesday October 25 
7 pm for 7.30 pm
Guide Hall - Faversham Rd
Canterbury



Industrial renaissance - thriving in a zero carbon economy


New BZE Report: 

Rethinking Cement: Research Report: A pathway to zero carbon cement

Industry contributes 21% of all Australian emissions. There has been little interest from policymakers in decarbonising our industry, yet this vital part of our economy remains exposed to carbon risks.  If we don’t decarbonise industry, we stand little chance of achieving Paris climate goals and Australia will be left behind.
We need to quickly find a way forward for producing cement, steel, plastics, food and other vital products without carbon emissions.
Beyond Zero Emissions is writing the plan we need for a zero-emissions industry that will thrive in the zero-carbon economy of the 21st century.


CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) Vanessa Petrie

will talk about the latest BZE report and the wider issue of decarbonising industry. 


Vanessa is an experienced sustainability leader and is passionate about BZE’s role in developing achievable and affordable solutions for rapidly decarbonising the Australian economy.

Vanessa has close to 20 years’ experience working in diverse roles across local and State Government including infrastructure projects, legislative policy development, major policy reform and waste and resource recovery strategic planning. Vanessa has a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering from RMIT University and a Masters of Environment from the University of Melbourne.


In addition we have Michael Nolan to tell us about this experience with placing wall insulation into his two storey home.

Mick is currently the National Engineering & Facilities Manager at Swire Cold storage. This includes responsibility for energy opex and in recent times a new Energy Efficiency role has been created to support energy efficiency. 

Mick grew up on a farm in northern Victoria near Boort. Prior to working at Swire, he worked in a number of  food manufacturers in project roles, and engineering roles, over 25 years, including Cadbury, Kraft and Patties Foods. 
Come join us 

And in our second half, there will be more about our actions and plans 
and ways for you to join in.


Please join us from 7 pm for 'meet and greet' with food and drinks, and a 7.30 pm start. 
We ask for a small donation to help cover costs.
Any issues to discuss, call Carolyn  0411 115 186

Friday, 15 September 2017

Next Lighter Footprints meeting September 27


Next Meeting
Wednesday September 27 
7 pm for 7.30 pm
Guide Hall - Faversham Rd
Canterbury


Can Victoria can lead the country on climate action?:The push for Vic's first climate budget


Despite alarming melting of the polar icecaps and unprecedented bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, the Turnbull government’s action on climate change does little to address these. This leaves communities exposed to impacts such as increasing heatwaves, bushfires, droughts, and storms.

At state level, the Daniel Andrews government has however moved to accept climate change as a "genuine threat." It has acted by strengthening the Climate Change Act 2017, banning onshore gasfields, and committing to significant Victorian Renewable Energy Targets.

We need to ramp up action on climate change now more than ever.

The Federal Coalition's incapacity to act means we need more political leadership from the state government.

We have invited FoE campaigner Leigh Ewbank to talk about their Act on Climate campaign which calls on Premier Daniel Andrews to deliver Victoria's first ever climate budget. In what way might we support this campaign over the coming months?


Leigh Ewbank is the current Act on Climate coordinator. He has also worked on the Yes 2 Renewables campaign and cut his teeth going head to head with the anti-wind farm lobby on King Island, central Victoria and elsewhere. Yes 2 Renewables was the driving force behind the campaign to restore fair wind farm laws in Victoria, and is now spearheading the case for a state Renewable Energy Target.
Leigh has a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) from RMIT University, Melbourne. He has been engaged in climate and energy debates for years, with his commentary on climate and energy politics published at The Age, ABC’s The Drum, and Crikey, among others. More recently, Leigh has lectured the Urban Planning and Energy and Energy Policy and Management courses at RMIT University.
Come join us 

And in our second half, there will be more about our actions and plans 
and ways for you to join in.


Please join us from 7 pm for 'meet and greet' with food and drinks, and a 7.30 pm start. 
We ask for a small donation to help cover costs.
Any issues to discuss, call Carolyn  0411 115 186