Blowing in the wind: the politics of environmental decision-making

“Utterly offensive” and “a blight on the landscape,” fumed then Treasurer of Australia, Joe Hockey, in reference to a wind farm at Lake George, near Canberra. “Visually awful”, “noisy” and “ugly,” responded Prime Minister Tony Abbott when pressed for his views on wind turbines during interviews in 2015. These are not the comments of policy-makers…

Who speaks for the environment in your urban precinct?

Microgrids may deliver significant environmental benefits to urban precincts. In determining the best possible microgrid   infrastructure, there are two potential paths. One is to assess the environmental and economic benefit  of existing technological options.   Another approach is to create coalitions of precinct participants united by a shared vision of an ideal sustainable precinct, and then backcasting to…

Low Carbon Urban Precincts – From Mythology to Reality

Low Carbon Urban Precincts emote visions of local renewable energy generation, vertical farming and energy efficient business and residents using efficient appliances and driving electric vehicles.  So do we find the establishment of these precincts elusive? How do we encourage them? How do we measure them?