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The City of Sydney has announced that world-leading engineer and renewable energy expert, Allan Jones MBE, has been appointed by the city to overhaul existing energy supply and distribution systems.
As part of the Sustainable Sydney 2030 initiative, Jones will work to minimise the citys carbon footprint and introduce sustainable alternatives to coal-based electricity. The initiative is aiming for a 70 per cent cut in carbon emissions in the city by 2030.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said that Jones would be acting as Chief Development Officer for energy and climate change, overseeing the citys masterplan to implement decentralised energy.
“Now is the time to create city-wide solutions to the problems of climate change. Solutions do exist, they have been implemented and shown to work. We now need the political will and city-wide co-operation to implement them on a broader scale,” said Mr Jones.
Allan Jones is an engineer with over 30 years experience working with renewable energy. His experience covers energy and water efficiency; combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) systems; alternative transport fuels; renewable gases from waste; fuel cells; and renewable energy.
Jones was responsible for taking the English borough of Woking off the grid by introducing renewable energy systems to the region. In 2004, he was appointed by then-Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, to head the London Climate Change Agency, which worked alongside private and public companies to implement decentralised, sustainable energy systems.
The City of Sydney, like London, produces the major proportion of its greenhouse gas emissions from centralised power generation – power generated extremely inefficiently at remote locations like the Hunter Valley. Almost 80 per cent of Sydney’s emissions come from coal fired electricity supplied to homes and businesses, compared with less than 10 per cent from transport,” explained Mr Jones.
CCHP systems operate locally, generating electricity and capturing the heat by-product for heating and cooling. It is estimated that the system is three times more efficient than coal-fired electricity production.
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