Sydney, ANZAC and Glebe Island Bridges, Sydney - photo Marghanita

Ecologically Sustainable Sydney


The Future is Clear - Carbon Forum

6.30pm-8.30pm, Tuesday 3 May 2011
Leichhardt Town Hall, Marion Street Leichhardt
Cost: Free RSVP essential:

Robyn Williams, presenter of ABC radio's Science Show will be the keynote speaker and will talk about what options are availabe in Australia for cutting carbon emissions. Dr Iian MacGill, Director of the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets at UNSW will be presenting a laypersons guide to carbon tax and carbon trading schemes. While Dr Peter Osman, co-author of the CSIRO Home Energy Savings Handbook will talk about practical strategies for reducing your personal carbon footprint.

There will be lucky door prizes including an organic food hamper and copies of CSIRO Home Energy Saving Handbook. A light supper will be provided.

Impact of the Carbon Tax on Australian Homes

Pricing Carbon (CO2-e Carbon Dioxide Equivalent Emissions) will increase the cost of petrol, gas, diesal and coal and the cost of any electricity generated by these sources. Increasing the cost will reduce consumption which will result in a reduction in the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which are changing our climate for the worse.

The [Australian] Treasury’s modelling demonstrates that early global action is less expensive than later action; that a market-based approach allows robust economic growth into the future even as emissions fall; and that many of Australia’s industries will maintain or improve their competitiveness under an international agreement to combat climate change.
Australia and the world continue to prosper while making the emission cuts required to reduce the risks of dangerous climate change. Even ambitious goals have limited impact on national and global economic growth. - Australia's Low Pollution Future: The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation – Summary

Energy Use of Home Appliances

A larger fridge will use more energy than a smaller fridge, unless it is better insulated. It takes more energy to heat a large oven than a small oven, unless the larger oven is better insulated than a smaller one.

Annual and Decade Energy use of a variety of brands and models of devices can be compared here: . When purchasing a device check both the energy efficiency and the energy usage.

Fridge Buyback is a residential energy savings program that actually pays you to help save the environment and reduce your power bills by giving up your old second fridge. Old fridges are one of the biggest energy users in the home, consuming up to three times the energy of new fridges. Running your second fridge adds an average of $225 a year to your power bills and results in greenhouse gases being released into the

House in Annandale - Photo Tom WorthingtonEffect of Building Design on Energy Use and comfort

The thermal mass, insulation, passive solar orientation, natural lighting, shade and layout all contribute to the energy efficiency and comfort of a home.

Transport and Fuel Use

The burning of petrol, diesal and gas in motor vehicles produces Green House Gas emiisions. The price of petrol will go up and this will affect the cost of transport.

The Green Vehicle Guide helps you by rating new Australian vehicles based on greenhouse and air pollution emissions.

Welcome to the Truck Buyers Guide: Making a smart choice can save you fuel and improve your bottom line in a shorter time than you might think. At the same time you can help do something positive for the environment by reducing your fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.


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Sources of CO2, Comparative Motor Vehicle CO2 emissions, Comparative Refrigerator Electricty Usage

Comparative Refrigerator Electricty Usage

BrandModelVolumeElectricity UseCO2(7)

LIEBHERR KP4260 405 litres 200 kWh/year 192,000 g/year
WESTINGHOUSE Side by Side RS645 643 litres 830 kWh/year 796,800 g/year

To compare more household appliances including Hotwater, Stoves, Washing Machines see Refrigerators/Freezers Ratings.

Comparative Motor Vehicle CO2 emissions (2008)

ModelCO2 Rating

Toyota Prius106 g/km
Fiat Punto 16V 90HP116 g/km
Holden AH Astra177 g/km
Toyota Landcruiser 100380 g/km

To compare more vehicles see

Sources of CO2

(State and Territory Greenhouse Gas Inventories 2005)

Stationary Energy (Production of Electricity)50%
Transport Air,Road,Rail and Shipping14%
Land Use(Includes Forestry and Reforestation)6%
Fugitive Emissions, Industrial Processes, Waste14%

Energy Use of High Definition Televisions

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