While the world officially celebrates Zero Emissions Day today, every day for Vision Infrastructure brings new challenges to help facilitate the shift towards renewable energy both within Australia and around the world.
The Energy sector represents around three quarters of all greenhouse gas emissions globally, and replacing traditional sources of energy with renewables and new technologies, including wind and solar, contributes significantly to reducing our carbon footprint. Vision Infrastructure is supporting that transition, providing project management, commercial and legal services to over ~$4.93b in renewable energy projects.
The Clean Energy Council reported that in 2021, renewable energy sources made up 32.5% of all annual electricity generation in Australia, up from 27.7% in 2020. It was also reported that in 2021 alone, over $18b has been invested in renewable energy projects. A number of developments in the renewable energy sector also occurred in 2021, including the following:
South Australia broke a world record as it was powered entirely by wind and solar over a 93-hour period.
New South Wales formally declared Australia’s first ‘Renewable Energy Zone’, investing $3b in incentives for hydrogen projects.
Major projects have commenced including Snowy Hydro 2.0, the largest committed renewable energy project in Australia, and Project EnergyConnect, a large infrastructure project connecting the NSW, SA and Victorian power grids.
24 major renewable energy projects were completed in 2021, including the Suntop Solar Farm in NSW, and the Victoria Big Battery.
This report makes clear the inevitability of Australia’s move towards a fully renewable future.
We also strive for energy efficiency in the way we operate and today we will be tracking our carbon footprint in order to raise awareness of the ways in which our everyday decisions contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. You can track your own carbon footprint using tools like this Carbon Calculator.