This website evolved out of lengthy discussions on the best way to monitor and report on the carbon footprint of aviation. It contains information and ideas generated/gathered by Dave Southgate. Dave retired from the Australian Government Public Service in July 2012 after a 31 year career as an ‘environmental bureaucrat’. He spent more than 20 years as an environmental specialist in the Australian Government Transport Department. He primarily worked on aircraft noise and aviation climate change issues.
From 2004 to 2012 Dave was the Australian Government representative on the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP). He pursued his interest in carbon footprinting while on CAEP and was a member of the group that oversaw the development of the ICAO Carbon Calculator.
Since his retirement he has expanded his climate change interests and has become fascinated with renewable energy. He bought an electric car in 2014. He is actively involved as a volunteer in the community solar sector in Canberra. Most recently he has focused on giving his house an ‘energy makeover’, pursuing a vision that his family will become fossil fuel free within the next few years.
In recent years this site has more or less evolved into a place to store the reports Dave is writing as he documents his family’s progres toward the goal of fossil fuel freedom.