Coal seam gas mining is unnecessary and should be avoided, the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) has concluded in a submission to the Senate’s Inquiry into Unconventional Gas Mining.
Kate Leslie, the ATA’s energy and water analyst, said ATA research had found there was an environmental benefit to households switching from gas to efficient electric appliances, with a substantial reduction in carbon emissions. Increased unconventional gas mining would increase the advantage of efficient electric appliances even further.
“We believe unconventional gas mining to be unnecessary, and advocate changes that would avoid
its detrimental impacts altogether,” Ms Leslie said.
“Policy changes that encourage economic fuel switching from gas to efficient electric and greater efficient gas usage in buildings have benefits that include reduced costs to homeowners, home developers
The ATA’s analysis of gas preferences shows that homeowner attitudes to gas are changing. A significant
proportion of gas users is making plans to switch appliances away from gas.
To read the ATA’s submission to the Senate’s Inquiry on Unconventional Gas Mining, click here.