Carbon markets

ACCC keeping close eye on electricity prices after carbon tax

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Consumer watchdog 'painstakingly' sifting through prices to check carbon savings are passed on.

Clive Palmer has got his sleeping ETS, but will it be awakened?

What hasn't been appreciated in the Direct Action deal is that Clive Palmer's dormant ETS is now reality. But 'scientific girly-man' Greg Hunt faces stiff opposition awakening it.

Direct Action passes Senate

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Climate plan passes with PUP support after marathon late-night sitting.

Wind firm RES considering abandoning Australian presence

UK-based developer may axe Vic projects if RET cut goes ahead.

Direct Action critic Turnbull backs plan

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Minister confident policy will achieve 5% emissions reduction target.

The Direct Action deal - in detail

There are some important changes and improvements in the detail of the deal struck between the Government, PUP and Xenophon beyond what's been covered in the newspaper headlines.

Xenophon's theoretical stick and Hunt's missing carrots

The government's Direct Action scheme will pass the Senate but it doesn't pass muster. Senator Xenophon reckons he's added some stick but there's no trigger to use it and Minister Hunt's still pretending he's got enough carrots.

Palmer deal gives green light to Direct Action – experts react

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Academics are mixed on the prospect of Direct Action as it stands, while a study into an emissions trading scheme is more heartening.

Academic fronts Shorten over RET

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UC lecturer interrupts press conference.

EU emissions drop 1.8%

Europe on track for 24% emissions cut by 2020; ETS delivers $5bn cheque.

Narrow window for Senate vote on Direct Action

Fourth in line on the Senate’s order of business, the Emissions Reduction Fund is likely to pass with revisions in the next 48 hours, although without Nick Xenophon's international permits option.

How mature is Tony Abbott?

Tony Abbott is calling for a 'mature' debate on the GST. Yet just one simple chart illustrates how his choice of the scare campaign is a so much easier route to political power.

Direct Action deal imminent: report

PUP said to be close to reaching deal.

EU sets CO2 challenge; China and Brazil score top marks

The week in clean energy saw the EU agree to the world's toughest emissions reduction target while a new report finds China and Brazil leading the developing world on clean energy programs.

Are renewable energy investors gullible fools?

Law firm Baker and McKenzie suggests owners of renewable energy projects will be financially ruined by the government's plan to cut the RET. But shouldn't they have seen this coming?

No RET for the wicked ...

The RET has been so successful it will easily achieve 28% by 2020. That means we should be setting higher, more ambitious targets, not ones that we will meet already.

EU goes large on climate, with a 27% super-RET

The EU has signed off on a renewables target that goes beyond just electricity while, crucially, also approving a 40% emissions reduction target which will bolster its ETS.

Is Abbott slashing or ‘recalibrating’ the renewables target? Ask a laid-off Keppel Prince employee

The Coalition is claiming they aren't cutting the RET merely 'recalibrating' it because the target has always been 20%. The public's inability to understand a gigawatt-hour from a gigahertz means they could get away with it, but the public do understand 100 people losing their jobs.

Palmer gives hope to Direct Action

PUP leader says ETS 'analysis' could lead to deal.

Can an economy develop without coal?

Few countries have developed without an accessible resource base, like coal - and newly developing nations will need more incentive it they're to leapfrog the coal era.