Certified ‘genius’ Saul Griffith has a plan to decarbonise Australia — and it will only take 101 million machines

Over the next two decades, Australia will be racing to reach net zero emissions. 

There are different theories about how to get there, but one of the most prominent is the idea known as “electrify everything”. 

This idea will probably determine how you stay warm, how you heat your water, and how you drive from one place to another. 

So, here’s what it means – and what it would involve. 

A nationwide home renovation project 

In the world of energy and climate policy, Saul Griffith is an emerging star.

Saul Griffith mid shot
Saul Griffith.(Supplied: Clayton Boyd)

The Australian entrepreneur and inventor has founded multiple companies, won a MacArthur “genius” grant, mapped the enormously complex US energy system, advised the President and is currently celebrating the passage of landmark US climate legislation. 

He’s also an advocate for electrify everything – recently setting up a non-profit, Rewiring Australia, to push for exactly that. 

Dr Griffith sees decarbonisation as largely a problem of having the wrong machines. 

He calculates that Australia has about 101 million of them. 

If it can simply swap them out, it’ll be well on the way towards net zero by 2050. 

Read on to find out more…..


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