Hunter, Illawarra and Far West residents invited to share energy goals

Thursday, 28 October 2021

As world leaders commence conversations in Glasgow for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, residents of the Hunter, Illawarra and Far West are being asked to contribute their thoughts on the future of energy in New South Wales.

For the past 18 months, University of Newcastle anthropologist Dr Hedda Askland and Dr Alfonso Arranz from the University of Melbourne have worked with these communities to hear their thoughts on energy transition as we pursue a carbon neutral future.

With the historical reliance on carbon in regional areas, the team is collating data on residents’ ideas for the future of their regions. Given this future is inherently linked to energy choices, they endeavour to ensure residents are brought into the conversation to provide solutions that will be supported by their neighbours, such as carbon capture technologies and renewables.

The research team will be presenting their preliminary findings as part of three online webinars scheduled in November. As part of these sessions, they are inviting feedback from the public as they collate a report to present to the NSW government on energy pathways.

Interested residents can register for their area via the Eventbrite links below.

Hunter Valley: Wednesday 3 November 2021, 6-8pm.

Illawarra: Thursday 4 November 2021, 6-8pm.

Far West: Tuesday 9 November 2021, 6-8pm.

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