The Victorian Government recently outlined its new climate change strategy in accordance with the Climate Change Act 2017 which legislates zero net emissions by 2050 and sets five-yearly incremental targets. The Act requires the Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change to seek independent advice regarding setting five-yearly interim targets for emission reductions. The government has set ambitious targets to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 28-33% by 2025 and 40-50% by 2030.
To achieve these emissions reduction targets Victoria’s Climate Change Strategy which includes setting targets and introducing many measures including amongst other things, the following:
* 40% – 50% renewable energy target by 2030
* investing >$100 million to achieve a target 50% of all new car sales in Victoria to be Zero Emission Vehicles by 2030.
* invest almost $20 million to reduce emissions in our agriculture sector and work with farmers to make their farms more sustainable.
* invest $140 million for trees in plantations and shelterbelts.
* invest $15.3 million for the Victorian Carbon Farming Program which will help farmers store more carbon in shelterbelt trees and engage in agro-forestry.
* invest $120 million to phase out commercial native forest harvesting by 2030. Government operations from schools, hospitals, police stations & metro trains, trams & buses to be supplied with 100% renewable energy.
* Victoria is the first Australian state to legislate net zero emissions by 2050, with five-yearly targets to make sure we get there. To date, Victoria has cut its emissions by 24.8 per cent based on 2005 levels, achieving its 2020 emissions reduction target two years early and is on track to meet its 2025 target.
All Australian states and territories have now set targets of zero net emissions by 2050 and it is broadly anticipated that the Federal government will follow suite in the near future.
You can read more about the Victorian Government’s clime change policies at https://www.climatechange.vic.gov.au/victorias-climate-change-strategy
On 19th May 2021 the Premier of South Australia, the Hon Steven Marshall MP officially opened Australian Gas Networks (AGN) $14.5 million hydrogen production facility Hydrogen Park South Australia (HyP SA) and commenced blending renewable hydrogen into the natural gas distribution network at the Tonsley Innovation District.
A Siemens Energy proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser uses renewable energy produced from solar and wind to separate the hydrogen and oxygen from water.
The ‘green’ hydrogen is then blended at a rate of approximately 5% H2 with the natural gas in the reticulation system and supplied to more than 700 homes in the Mitchell Park area of Adelaide. The Siemens Energy electrolyser is the largest hydrogen electrolyser in Australia and advances plans to deliver more affordable zero carbon emission energy households and businesses in South Australia. This project has been successfully engaged with consumers and highlighted the benefits of hydrogen as a clean, reliable and affordable energy source into the future. Congratulations AGN!
The Gas Technical Regulators Committee (GTRC) have published the following additional Technical Guidance Bulletins:
TGB 17 – LPG Regulators under AS 4621
The requirements of AS 4621: 2019 with respect to the melting point of metallic materials has been modified to exempt zinc alloy parts in accordance with AS1881, ISO 15201 or equivalent.
TGB 18 – Gas Space Heating Appliances (open flued appliances) under AS/NZS 5263.1.3: 2021An additional requirement is introduced to mitigate the risk of a negative pressure inside a house that may develop due to home exhaust fan(s) and insufficient ventilation. A negative pressure in the house may result in combustion products drawn into the living space. Please note, this requirement must be met by 1 January 2022 and if not, the certificate must be suspended or cancelled.
TGB 19 – Decorative effect gas appliances (Type 2 – open flued)Additional requirements for open flued Type 2 decorative effect gas appliances which include markings, instructions and flue operation. Although these types of heaters are generally less efficient than a space heater and different installation ventilation requirements apply, they are still susceptible to the effects of a negative pressure in a house. Please note, this requirement must be met by 1 January 2022 and if not, the certificate must be suspended or cancelled.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT http://www.gtrc.gov.au/publications/technical-guidance-bulletins/
AS/NZS 5601.1 (Gas installations – Part 1: General installations ) is open for public comment until the 10/06/2021
DR AS 4563:2021 (Commercial catering gas equipment) is open for public comment until the 20/07/2021
If you would like to submit any comments, go to the Standards Australia website: Click Here