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EARTHCHAT: Coal valleys as the renewables industrial centres of Australia

Updated: May 7, 2022

The goal of net zero emissions by 2050, or sooner, requires some big changes in coal valleys.

The end of coal mining, and the need to provide a different economy for the coal workers in this valley. We continue this conversation theme on EarthChat this week.

This transition challenge is a perfect opportunity for renewables, and Beyond Zero Emissions have been doing some really impressive work in this area.

EarthChat host Peter Lockyer is joined by Tom Quinn, Head of Policy and Research at Beyond Zero Emissions.

Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) is an independent, solutions-focused think tank and they are active in the rapid advancement of a zero emissions economy.

BZE have been active over many years (including in Seymour many years ago) in presenting the case of a rapid take-up of known technology for a rapid transition to an all-electric way of life. BZE have been doing some progressive work in the Hunter Valley, Gladstone in QLD and in the LaTrobe Valley in Victoria, where coal fired power will cease as early as late this decade.

Tom Quinn shares these developments and how the coal communities are responding.

Later in the program we get an update on the proposed quarry planning application in Wallan-Beveridge, with a senior Mitchell Shire Strategic Planner Travis Conway.

EarthChat on 103.9 Seymour FM. Informative listening on issues of our time in our part of the world.

Image: Liddell coal plant in NSW's Hunter region. Source: RenewEconomy

Tune in to BEAM's radio program EarthChat each Friday on Seymour FM at 10am or to the repeat on Saturday at 8am.

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