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CSIRO Study Shows That Strong Environmental Policies Would Benefit the Economy

Posted by Peter, on November 8, 2015

Researchers at the CSIRO have published the results of a major study in the journal Nature which combines nine different economic and environmental models to examine twenty different possible in which Australia could develop 2050. Many of the 20 scenarios would produce substantial progress towards sustainable prosperity.  Continue reading »

Cabinet Agrees to 33,000 GWh RET Target

Posted by Peter, on May 8, 2015

The Federal Cabinet has agreed to cut the renewable energy target to Labor’s recently proposed figure of 33,000 gigawatt hours. The target means that 20% of Australia’s electricity is to come from renewable sources by 2020. When the 20% figure was first set, it represented 41,000 gigawatt hours of energy but total electricity demand has […]  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 »

Reforms Needed to Cope with Changing Climate

Posted by Peter, on April 27, 2012

The Australian Productivity Commission has released its draft report, "Barriers to Climate Change Adaptation", which aims to identify high priority reforms needed to enable effective adaptation to climate change. The report says that the weight of scientific evidence is that the climate is changing and will continue to do so and that Australians will need […]  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 »

AGL to Spend $6 billion on Renewables

Posted by Peter, on August 25, 2009

AGL Energy says that it will develop $6 to $7 billion in renewable energy projects in Australia over the next decade following the passage of the renewable energy target legislation. AGL Energy’s chief executive, Michael Fraser, said that the passage of the legislation was very significant for his company and the industry. He said that […]  Continue reading »

Australian Lower House Passes Renewable Energy Bill

Posted by Peter, on August 18, 2009

The Australian Government’s renewable energy bill has been passed the House of Representatives. The bill provides for 20 per cent of Australia’s energy needs to come from renewable sources such as solar and wind farms within a decade. The Opposition supported the bill through the lower house after the Government agreed to split the renewable […]  Continue reading »

Weather-related Insurance Events Have Quadrupled

Posted by Peter, on May 22, 2009

Insurance expert, Dr Peter Hoeppe, has told the ABC’s Lateline Business programme that weather-related insurance payouts in Australia have quadrupled since the early 1980’s. Dr Hoeppe is the head of risk research at Munich Re, one of the world’s largest reinsurers. He also chairs the German Government’s Climate Protection Strategy Forum. Dr Hoeppe explained that […]  Continue reading »

Budget Funds for Renewable Energy Projects

Posted by Peter, on May 13, 2009

Australia’s 2009-10 Federal Budget has added $4.8 billion dollars to funds earmarked for projects related to climate change and carbon emission reduction – bringing its total commitment to $15 billion. Just a year ago, after the 2008-09 Budget, the total funding was just $2.3 billion, almost entirely allocated to "clean coal". From the new funds, […]  Continue reading »

US Stimulus Plan for Renewables Could Be Copied at No Cost

Posted by Peter, on February 19, 2009

The US economic stimulus package contains an innovative provision for renewable energy development that could be copied elsewhere at very little cost to the taxpayer. Currently, projects such as solar, wind or wave power development involve a large initial cost with the financial returns spread over a long period. Companies undertaking these developments incur an […]  Continue reading »

Stimulus Package Amendments Favour Sustainability

Posted by Peter, on February 13, 2009

In a last-minute deal to get its $42 billion economic stimulus package passed, the Australia’s governing Labor Party has agreed to a compromise deal with independent Senator Nick Xenopon. The amended package will include a commitment to spend $900 million on water management, made up of $500 million in the next three and a half […]  Continue reading »

$3.9 billion to Make Australian Homes More Energy Efficient

Posted by Peter, on February 4, 2009

As part of its "Nation Building" programme, the Australian Government has promised to provide free ceiling insulation and  installation, worth up to $1,600, for all homes which are not currently insulated. The Government estimates that there are 2.2 million such homes and that home owners will save an average of $200 a year by having […]  Continue reading »

Climate Change Funds for Local Government

Posted by Peter, on January 31, 2009

The Australian Federal Government has announced $500,000 funding to help local councils across the country respond to climate change. The money will be made available under the second phase of the Local Adaptation Pathways Program and individual councils will be able to apply for up to $75,000. Climate Change Minister Penny Wong said that “To […]  Continue reading »

Victoria Could Meet Green Goals 30 Years Sooner

Posted by Peter, on November 11, 2008

A new study has found that Victoria could slash carbon emissions much faster than State Government predictions. The report, commissioned by Environment Victoria, used the same models as a 2007 State Government study which said that emissions could be cut to 47 per cent of 1990 levels by 2050. The new Environment Victoria analysis found […]  Continue reading »

Garnaut Recommends Emission Targets

Posted by Peter, on September 5, 2008

Professor Ross Garnaut, Australia’s climate change advisor, has handed down the second part of his report on greenhouse gas reduction. Professor Garnaut’s report says that ideally Australia should aim to reduce emissions to 25% below 2000 levels by 2020 but concedes that this target is probably unattainable. It suggests that an attainable target, if an […]  Continue reading »

Goverment Report: Rebates Inefficient

Posted by Peter, on September 3, 2008

A report for the Federal government by the former head of the NSW Cabinet Office, Roger Wilkins, has found that government rebates, such as the $8,000 for households installing solar panels, are among the most inefficient ways of tackling climate change. The report found the solar panel rebates cost more than $400 for each tonne […]  Continue reading »

Australia and China’s Joint Initiatives on Climate Change

Posted by Peter, on April 12, 2008

Australia and China have agreed to a range of initiatives ot accelerate their co-operation on climate change. The initiatives were announced by Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, after a meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.  The initiatives include a joint feasibility study into developing the world’s largest solar city in north-east China, water quality monitoring […]  Continue reading »

South Australia Introduces Feed-in tariffs – NSW Procrastinates

Posted by Peter, on March 17, 2008

South Australia has passed landmark legislation to introduce feed-in tariffs for solar power while New South Wales has ignored advice from Zhengrong Shi, an Australian citizen who is China’s richest man, to do likewise. A feed-in tariff is a payment, usually above the normal retail rate, which is paid for electricity which is fed into […]  Continue reading »

Prime Minister Says Farmers Must Adapt to Climate

Posted by Peter, on March 5, 2008

Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has warned farmers that in the future the Government will not provide drought relief unless they adapt their farming practices for climate change. He said that the current policy ” is based on a model of a one-in-25-year drought and assumes rainfall will return to past seasonal conditions and does […]  Continue reading »

Bipartisan Support for Climate Action

Posted by Peter, on February 22, 2008

The Australian Federal Opposition has offered the Government support on tackling climate change provided that the Government agrees to certain policies. The Opposition’s conditions include making sure that low-income families are protected from higher energy costs, protecting the world’s great rainforests and revising the renewable energy target to one which includes the effects of using […]  Continue reading »

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