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Australia’s Carbon Capture and Storage Projects

Posted by Peter, on May 31, 2017

The Australian Government is proposing to allow the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to invest in carbon capture and storage projects. This raises the question of what carbon capture and storage projects are ongoing or proposed in Australia that might be worthy of funding.  Continue reading »

Melbourne City Certified Carbon Neutral

Posted by Peter, on March 26, 2013

The City of Melbourne has been certified carbon neutral for Council operations, under the Commonwealth Government’s National Carbon Offset for the financial year 2011-12.  To achieve this, the City offset 51,996 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions which Council operations produced during the year. The City is aiming to reduce its net greenhouse gas emissions to […]  Continue reading »

First Australian “Carbon Farm” Approved

Posted by Peter, on December 17, 2012

A project by SelectCarbon, in partnership with a landowner near Ravenshoe on the Atherton Tablelands, south-west of Cairns, has become the first of its kind to be approved for carbon farming by the Australian Government. The first plantings of about 20 hectares of native conifers for carbon credits should happen in about 12 months. Native […]  Continue reading »

How Australia Can Lead the World to Zero Carbon Prosperity

Posted by Peter, on July 23, 2012

Betond Zero Emissions has published a new report: "Laggard to Leader – How Australia Can Lead the World to Zero Carbon Prosperity". The report identifies six policy deficiencies which are preventing Australia from playing its part in reducing carbon emissions: Arbitrary, unambitious targets; Overreliance on offsets, overseas credits and "green carbon" (relying on forrests and […]  Continue reading »

Soil Carbon Measurement Breakthrough

Posted by Peter, on July 19, 2012

Terry McCosker, an agricultural consultant with Resource Consulting Services believes that, with assistance from the CSIRO, he has succeded in developing a technique for accurately measuring the carbon content of soil. If farmers can get a baseline measurement on how much carbon is in their soil and then work to increase that amount, they could […]  Continue reading »

NSW Dirtiest Power Station Closed

Posted by Peter, on July 4, 2012

Munmorah Power Station, the dirtiest coal-fired power station in New South Wales, has been permanently closed. Although the power station's operator, Delta Electricity, said that the introduction of the carbon price was the final factor in its closure, Munmorah has not been operated for two years because of high operating costs and reduced demand for […]  Continue reading »

Plan to Offset Aussie Emissions in Indonesia Failing to Meet Targets

Posted by Peter, on April 23, 2012

AusAid has quietly scaled back an ambitious Government project  to offset carbon emissions through re-forestation and rehabilitation of peatlands.in Indonesia. In 2007, the Govenrmant launched a $100 million scheme to offset CO2 emissions by planting 100 million trees and rehabilitating 200,000 hectares of peatland on the Indonesian island of Kalimantan. The project was to be […]  Continue reading »

Australia’s Uniquely Poor Low-Carbon Competiveness

Posted by Peter, on March 20, 2012

Australia is the only G20 country that has gone backwards on its low-carbon competitiveness since 1995 according to the Global Climate Leadership Review 2012 produced by The Climate Institute and US industrial giant General Electric. The Climate Institute and GE have developed an index that measures a country’s ability to prosper in the emerging global […]  Continue reading »

Australian Policy Based on Wildly Wrong Assumptions

Posted by Peter, on March 13, 2012

It has recently been reported that China plans to cap coal use at 4.1 billion tonnes by 2015. This is not such good news for the anti-coal lobby as it might seem because, back in 2010, China announced plans to cap coal use at 3.8 billion tonnes by 2015. Nevertheless, it does call into question […]  Continue reading »

Carbon Tax Bill Passed

Posted by Peter, on November 8, 2011

The Australian Government’s carbon pricing legislation has been passed by the Senate and will take effect from the middle of next year. The bills were passed in a division 36-32, with Labor and the Greens siding against the Opposition, independent Nick Xenophon and the DLP’s John Madigan. Under the scheme, the estimated 500 Australian companies […]  Continue reading »

Which Countries Tax Carbon?

Posted by Peter, on July 15, 2011

The Australian Governemt has announced that it will introduce a carbon tax and emission trading scheme. Advocates for and against have been claiming that other countries are not doing this and that Australia "will lead the world". In fact, countries which already have a carbon tax include: Austria (on gas & electricity since 1996), Belgium […]  Continue reading »

Carbon Tax Policies to Promote Renewables

Posted by Peter, on July 11, 2011

As part of its new carbon pricing policy, the Australian Government has announced several measures which are aimed at helping promote renewable energy. The Government has set a target of 20% of Australia’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2020. Under the scheme, the estimated 500 Australian companies which produce more than 25,000 tonnes […]  Continue reading »

World Expert Recommends a Fee on Carbon Pollution

Posted by Peter, on June 25, 2011

Click here to listen to James Hansen, head the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University, explain why a fee on carbon polluion is the best option.  Continue reading »

Carbon Price in 2012 – Trading 2015 or Maybe 2017

Posted by Peter, on February 24, 2011

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that Australia will set a carbon price from July 1, 2012, as an interim measure until a full emissions trading scheme can be introduced three to five years later. No decision had yet been made on what the price would be, or how much industry and households would be […]  Continue reading »

Australian Government Report: CO2 Emission Set to Rise 24%

Posted by Peter, on February 9, 2011

The Federal Government has released new figures showing that carbon emissions will rise by 24% above 2000 levels by 2020 despite a range of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures already in place. Climate Change Minister Greg Combet says that it demonstrates that reform, including a price on carbon, is necessary. He said that the […]  Continue reading »

Climate Programs to Be Cut

Posted by Peter, on January 27, 2011

The Australian Government is to cut several programs aimed at reducing climate change in order to release funding to repair the damage caused by floods which may well be the result of inadequate programs to reduce climate change. Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that “We will cut some spending programs and cap some others. I […]  Continue reading »

Report: Australia’s $35 billion Clean Energy Investment Opportunity

Posted by Peter, on December 15, 2010

A study by the respected Pew Charitable Trusts has found that $2.3 trillion could be invested in clean power assets in G-20 countries over the decade from 2020 to 2030 if enhanced clean energy policies are adopted. The report says that Australia has the potential to obtain $35 billion of that investment. In order to […]  Continue reading »

Barry Jones’ “Pascals Wager” on Climate

Posted by Peter, on December 8, 2010

Blaise Pascal’s famous wager was the if you believe in God and turn out to be incorrect, you have lost nothing — but if you don’t believe in God and turn out to be incorrect, you will go to hell. Therefore it is foolish to be an atheist. In a column published in the Sydney […]  Continue reading »

Zero Carbon Australia Video

Posted by Peter, on December 2, 2010

A few months ago, we reported on the launch of the Beyond Zero Emissions  "Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan" – a detailed and costed blueprint for transitioning our stationary energy sector to 100% renewable energy in ten years. The technologies utilised in this plan, which are predominantly concentrated solar thermal with molten salt storage, […]  Continue reading »

Australia’s Poor CO2 Performance Makes Business Vulnerable

Posted by Peter, on November 18, 2010

A new study by the British conultancy, Maplecroft, rating 183 countries on their CO2 emissions from energy use, has identified United Arab Emirates, Australia, USA, Canada, Netherlands and Saudi Arabia (in that order) as the six nations with the worst performance in relation to CO2 pollution. The index is calculated by evaluating countries’ annual CO2 […]  Continue reading »

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