Let's take a ride in an electric car*

Australia can easily and affordably replace all petrol and diesel cars in ten years.

Our Electric Vehicle report found that electric cars are already cheaper to run, and within ten years they’ll be cheaper to buy. They’ll make our air cleaner and they’ll wipe out 8% of Australia’s greenhouse gases.

But there’s another big opportunity for Australia as we transition to electric cars - manufacturing.

The global market for renewable energy and efficiency solutions will be more than US $2.3 trillion.  This is a broad market that includes materials, manufacturing and transportation. Australian industries can find niche products and parts of the supply chain that match our strengths.

SEA Electric is a Dandenong manufacturer leading the way with their 100% electric SEA-Drive technology - soon to hit the roads. We’re delighted to welcome Austin Phillips, Head of Sales at SEA Electric, to our panel on electric vehicles, as part of our inaugural summit ‘Electrifying Industry’ to be held at the Australian Synchrotron next month.

The summit is a chance for manufacturers, policymakers and industry to come together to explore the opportunities in the coming decade for a revival of Australian manufacturing powered by renewable energy.

We’ll also be launching our latest report ‘Electrifying Industry’ which demonstrates how Australian manufacturing can not only survive but thrive in the next wave of the industrial revolution - the zero-carbon economy. It includes 10 ‘How to electrify’ case studies for developing many common industrial materials without fossil fuels, including pre-prepared meals, beer, milk powder, paper, aluminium casting, brick, glass, plastic, steel, & ammonia.

Book your tickets to Electrify Industry soon to hear from our panel of electric Vehicle experts.

Listen to our interview with SEA Electric Managing Director Tony Fairweather here.

*Full credit to They Might Be Giants 

The road to renewables

Affordable power is vital to successfully electrify industry. Renewables are now the cheapest form of new electricity generation. As the cost of renewables continues to drop, Australia stands poised to become a global low-carbon manufacturing hub powered by reliable and affordable electricity.

In recent years, the cost of grid electricity has risen for all consumers - increasing by 80 to 90 per cent in real terms. The largest single cause of price rises has been regulations incentivising massive investment in new and upgraded network infrastructure – poles and wires. Much of this investment has proven unnecessary, but consumers have had to pay for it nonetheless.

Public disputes and the absence of a bipartisan approach to energy policy have obscured a major development: the plummeting costs of renewable electricity.

Last week, Beyond Zero News spoke to Mark Bretherton, Media Manager at the Clean Energy Council, about the their 2018 Clean Energy Australia Report. The findings are exciting and demonstrate the energy transition in action. This year, renewable projects starting and underway will deliver 5,600 Megawatts, over $11 billion in investment and 6,080 jobs.

So how can Australian manufacturing harness this opportunity and use cheaper energy to revive its fortunes? At the Electrify Industry summit on Thursday, September 13, our award-winning team will explore this question in a new report which looks at the benefits and opportunities of electrification powered by renewable energy. The Summit will also look at the key role energy efficiency plays in creating a leading-edge company in a zero carbon economy.

Listen to Mark’s interview here.

To book your ticket to the Electrifying Industry Summit, click here.