Alan Kohler is one of Australia’s most experienced business commentators. Alan has been a trusted source of investment advice to Australians for many years, and in 2005 he founded Eureka Report - Australia’s #1 online investment report. Along with Robert Gottliebsen and Stephen Bartholomeusz, Alan also founded Business Spectator, the popular business news and commentary website. Alan is the regular finance presenter on the ABC News and producer of the popular nightly graph (or two).
Direct emissions represent just one view of emissions. Some would argue that the national inventory should also include embedded emissions within imported products, but this introduces considerable complexity into the estimation.
Minister Hunt is claiming the ERF auction has proven he’ll hit his emission targets, but for that to be true prices in future must drop. Unfortunately there’s a very powerful driver that will push prices up not down in future auctions.
The Danish researcher once claimed polar bear numbers were on the rise, when the most authoritative research was saying they were in terminal decline. What new gems can we expect from the well-travelled 'Danish delayer'?
On the surface it seems bizarre ... why would Australia's largest owner of coal-fired power support government regulating the closure of coal power stations? One chart shows how self-interest can work in mysterious ways.
Utilising large-scale storage, China could produce 85% of its electricity from renewables by 2050 with fossil fuels peaking in 2025, a Beijing-backed study has found, with the authors saying power sector deregulation would be integral.
Some will see the the CCA's recommendation as incredibly ambitious because Australia will have to significantly accelerate its emissions reductions, faster than key peers. But it's not that ambitious when you consider just how far behind we are on a range of emission performance metrics
The independent Climate Change Authority has given surprisingly little heed to the opportunities for Australia in creating a low-emissions economy, instead highlighting international emissions trading.