Since its launch in early 2012, RenewEconomy.com.au has quickly emerged as Australia’s best informed and most read website focusing on clean energy news and analysis, as well as climate policy. It is read widely among the industry and policy-makers, and others with a strong interest in the transition to a low carbon economy – be they developers, technology people or consumers. It has a strong international readership because it also focuses on global trends. In May, 2015, the website recorded unique visitors of 195,000, and page views of 535,000. There seems little doubt that the Australian economy – indeed the world’s – is about to go through one of the most dramatic transformations since the industrial revolution. Like the first, the next industrial revolution will be led by changes in technology, this time driven by the need to act on climate change, energy security and resource scarcity. Much of the way the world does business – particularly in the multi-trillion dollar energy and transport sectors, but also in many other sectors – will change profoundly in the decades to come.
How this unfolds, and at what cost or benefit, is impossible to forecast. But it’s going to be fascinating to watch, to report on, and to analyse. That’s why we are launching One Step Off The Grid, because the decentralisation of energy, and the opportunities from solar and battery storage and other technologies, offers choice that consumers have never had before. We will help them navigate their way through those complex issues, and will look to the readers to help us do that too. RenewEconomy is an independent website founded by Giles Parkinson, a journalist of 30 years experience, a former Business Editor and Deputy Editor of the Australian Financial Review, a former columnist for The Bulletin magazine and The Australian, and the founder and former editor of Climate Spectator.
Giles is joined by Deputy Editor Sophie Vorrath, who also worked with Business Spectator and Climate Spectator. Also contributing regularly to the website is Paul Gilding, an independent writer and corporate advisor on climate change and sustainability, and recognized as a global authority and thought leader on sustainability and business. He is the author of “The Great Disruption” published in 2011 to wide acclaim. Sam Parkinson is the Digital Marketing Manager.
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