I use a lot of firewood for heating, is firewood being considered as a renewable energy in the project and how can we make the source sustainable?

Firewood can be considered a renewable resource if certain criteria regarding replenishment of the wood stock are met, biodiversity is maintained and the carbon cycle is balanced.

There is a high use if wood heating in Uralla. The project team is investigating exactly what this would mean in view of a the high level of reliance on fallen trees for firewood and with the knowledge that this is a diminishing resource. The blueprint will investigate opportunities to improve sustainable management of firewood.

How will this help climate change?

About 50% of Australia’s carbon pollution is from electricity generation, primarily from our use of coal. Uralla being 100% renewable takes a practical step for a community in reducing its pollution and demonstrates important leadership for other communities to follow.