Policy & Politics

ARENA – please don’t do another big solar tender program

ARENA is planning on funding further large-scale solar projects. Yet the costs of prior funded projects have compared poorly to rooftop solar which delivers better value. ARENA has to force industry to sharpen its pencils before handing out more money.

Regulator releases ERF guidelines for lighting

Commercial and public lighting method released.

OECD chief says 'don’t build new coal', but what about gas?

The economic think-tank says governments should think ‘twice, or three, or four times’ before allowing new coal. But Australia’s future LNG projects may also face the risk of being stranded by climate policy.

Open letter to sceptical Liberal MPs

Two backbench Liberal MPs are calling for an inquiry into climate science ahead of the government's release of Australia's post-2020 emissions targets. Here a group of 13 of Australia's pre-eminent experts gives the senators a rundown.

Climate sceptic MPs accept briefing offer

by AAP
Two Liberal MPs accept offer from 13 Australian scientists.

Fire fight over cost of Hazelwood mine

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Fire authority sends GDF Suez $18m bill, company claims levy covers cost.

YEAR IN REVIEW: Emissions still going up, now demand is too

Overall, in the year to June 2015, total electricity emissions in the National Electricity Market increased by 4.3%, with coal's share of generation rising from 72.7% to 75.8%.

Are the Chinese as devious as Rudd said?

An analysis of the Chinese Government’s emissions reduction pledge suggests they’re spinning a contradictory riddle. Was the former PM's colourful 'rat' description of their climate diplomacy correct?

Electricity report puts spotlight back on Australia: Climate Council

'Free rider' concerns as power emissions rise 4.3% in year after carbon tax repeal.

Matching US climate targets means the hard work begins now

To have any hope of matching the US 2025 emission reduction target, let alone that recommended by the Climate Authority, Australia will have to enact new, stronger policies immediately.

Understanding the context of China's climate-change pledge

China's pledge to cap its emissions by no later than 2030 may not sound like a breakthrough, but it is promising to reduce the emissions intensity of its economy by a rate exceeding that achieved by the US shale gas boom and only matched by the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Climate Authority sticks to its guns in face of opposition

The Climate Change Authority has stuck with its recommendation that Australia reduce its emissions by 30% below 2000 levels by 2025. While the rate of reductions look steeper than other developed nations, they argue Australia's high emissions intensity means we've got a lot of catching up to do.

South Korea lifts ambition of emission cuts

Will reduce emissions by 37% below business as usual levels by 2030, instead of 15% to 30%.

China's climate pledge suggests emissions peak as early as 2027

China's emissions per unit of GDP target suggests an emissions peak by 2027. It's pledge is being received as a positive but insufficient contribution to an international deal that has a chance of achieving 2 degree goal.

The Reef is in danger from our coal

The World Heritage Commission may have stopped short of listing the Great Barrier Reef as 'in danger'. But it is in very serious danger from burning of coal, and Australia could make it a lot worse.

China's 2030 emission target - what it means

China has reconfirmed its target to peak emissions by 2030 and endeavour to do it sooner, but has also provided a more concrete target to cut the carbon emission intensity of GDP by 60% to 65%. But they may be able to do far better.

Adani Mine unbankable says QLD Treasury…and anyone with a calculator

Fairfax is reporting the apparent revelation that Queensland Treasury advised the Adani Carmichael Coal Mine was unviable. But it's hardly a secret. The only way this mine will get up is if Governments bankroll it, which they might just be stupid enough to do.

Australia's 'climate roundtable' could unite old foes and end the carbon deadlock

The coalition of business, environment and community groups within the Climate Roundtable have offered some calm common sense in an area of policy dominated by unproductive shouting and screaming.

Google taps old coal's electric infrastructure for green-powered alternative

Converting a dying Tennessee coal plant - down to just one of its original eight generators - Google's $600m renewable energy plant replacement will fuel the latest of its energy-hungry data centres.

Tax or trade – have we reached a verdict?

With carbon pricing on the agenda at Paris, it's worth considering whether cap-and-trade or taxation is the best way to go. For most countries it will be the former - but there are likely to be exceptions.