Melbourne planners visit_jan_ 2011

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  • Melbourne A responsible community project reducing oil dependency and shrinking the footprint

    Presented by

    Graham Truscott Melbourne Area Transition

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  • This mornings agenda

    IntroductionsThe context: - climate change - peak oil/energy security The local response and (reversible) church PV schemeSite visitFurther refreshment/summing up

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  • Its nice here. Were OK. Big economic, political, environmental issues will never affect us much .will they ?

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  • Context for todays heritage

    In the 1860s or even 1911 Melbourne:

    - 3,500 acres with all kinds of industry- produced its own food- educated its own children- brewed its own beer- made its own clothes built its own buildings with

    local materials

    A very, very different context from today

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  • Climate change feedbacks kicking inUpsala Glacier, Argentinaare so obvious that legislation at international and national level aims to solve the problemNo glacier here but Melbournes carbon emissions contribute to the problem

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  • What do we use oil for ?Transition Training 2009

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  • Oil has given us the equivalent of seven-league boots enabling every aspect of our modern lives, but making us very vulnerable

    So what makes us different from 1860 ?

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  • And its not sustainable

    ClimateChange

    End of Cheap Energy

    Energy Security

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  • End of cheap energy: Peak oilDr M. King Hubbert, Shell Oil geologistIn early1950s, Hubbert predicted that US oil production would peak between 1965 and 1970

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  • 64 countries have peakedSource: BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2009 Remaining oil is increasingly concentrated in fewer and more risky placesThe IEA now (Nov 2010) says the world passed peak oil production in 2006

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  • Growing energy shortfallas production declines 45 mb/d deficit even if demand remains linear2010

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  • Near-term shocks and crises on the energy descentOil price began rising in 2003/4

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  • Energy securityWhere will Melbourne get its energy?

    From Russia with love ?

    Invade an oil rich country ?

    Cosy up to dictatorships ?

    Coal imported from ColumbiaGas RussiaOil various Arab states

  • Layers of necessary action..

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  • So what will happen here as energy becomes scarce?

    Transport and land use will changeEnergy consumption will changeThe community where it works and plays - will change

    Changes will be driven by nearterm shocks

    but we can begin to reduce our vulnerability NOW !

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  • So what can we do here ?

    Melbourne people anticipatethe possible future scenarios

    We take responsibility for the transition to a low-carbon, energy- constrained near future

    We cooperate with our neighbours

    We reduce our vulnerability and build our resilience to shocks ?

    Using the resources in our community

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  • We can act responsibly hereOlder style panels installed at Sleaford Church (also Grade 1 listed) giving massive benefit to the community.Panels will be anchored to south facing nave and aisle roofs invisible from below. A monitor screen in the church will give real time power-generation data. Installation will last 25 years, be unobtrusive and totally reversible.

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  • A responsible project No risk to conservation area (vigilant planners will easily ensure that future schemes also balance extensive community and energy benefits against any genuine amenity loss).

    The only viable renewable energy option for the church (the churchs only asset with south-facing roofs we cannot do this elsewhere).

    Significant community support and benefit will become even more evident as fuels crises hit.

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  • PV project: benefits and featuresShrinks carbon emissions by up to 4.5 tonnes a year (nothing else can)Demonstrates best practiceReduces energy vulnerabilityEliminates electricity bills Produces a modest income

    for church heritage Totally reversible Does not damage the building Does not alter any elevation Does not alter setting or view Protects the lead underneath Silent, passive, unobtrusive

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  • One demonstration panel on the nave roofTwo men in bright fluorescent jackets on the nave roofOne man in a bright fluorescent jacket on the aisle roof with a solar panelClassic view across the lake (Noon: 27 Jan 2011 (50mm lens, human eye equivalent)

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  • Three demonstration panels in position on the nave roof here Man in a bright fluorescent jacket on the nave roofClosest view of church across the lake (Noon: 27 Jan 2011 (50mm lens, equivalent to human eye)This is a lead panel, not a solar panel. Aisle roof is totally hidden

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  • TimelineJune 2010 Presentation to Friends of Melbourne Parish Church,

    August 2010 - Energy survey report recommends solar PV

    Sept 2010 - PCC gives unanimous support for project

    Sept-Dec 2010 - details /costs explored and wide consultations

    Dec 2010 - Planning and grant applications submitted Jan 2011 - Objections from English Heritage - Demonstration panels on roof for planners etc

    Feb 2011 - Planning permission received

    Mar- May 2011 - Suppliers selected, funding established

    June 2011 - Solar PV system installed

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  • John Joseph Briggs 1829-1875

    Melbourne resident and diarist

    We have endeavoured in our day and generation to leave the world better than we found itI hope those who come after us will strive to accomplish the same objectGiven the very serious threats in the early 21st century, why would we only aspire to leave it the same ?

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  • The question for us today ? Parts of the roofs, with panels installed, may be just visible from a distant viewpoint (in winter, even less in summer)

    If so, is this change neither better nor worse - more important than addressing climate change and energy security urgently here ?

    If we are wrong about climate change and energy problems and these are not urgent, critical issues, the panels can be removed with no harm to the building

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