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 become very focused on the pressing need for the world to eliminate CO2 emissions. He is a strong believer in encouraging individual households to take climate change action.
His main retirement project is aimed at placing his family on a path where it no longer directly buys fossil fuels (gas, petrol and grid electricity). This aim has now progressed to managing his family’s total (direct + indirect) CO2 emissions in a way that produces a net zero emissions outcome.
This site is not intended to be a dynamic forum. Rather it is designed to be a place to store the reports Dave is writing as he documents his family’s net zero emissions journey.