When Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews reshuffled his cabinet in May, most of the headlines were about Wade Noonan’s return after suffering mental health issues, and Lisa Neville who became the state’s first female police minister. But from an environmental perspective there was another significant change. Energy and resources, long regarded as twin portfolios, were split. Instead, the energy brief was partnered with climate change and environment under a single minister, Lily D’Ambrosio.
Energy efficiency continues to be a key policy concern for governments and an increasing focus for business throughout the Asia Pacific. Eli Court from ClimateWorks Australia recently attended the Conference on Energy Efficiency in Asia; here he shares some of the top learnings from the conference held in Taiwan last month.
ClimateWorks Australia was honoured to be a finalist at the 2016 United Nations World Environment Day Awards held in Melbourne last night. The ClimateWorks report, Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation in 2050: How Australia can prosper in a low carbon world was recognised for making a significant contribution to the goal of limiting global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius.
Companies could improve their profits by 2-10% each year by saving energy. That’s just one of the findings of ClimateWorks Australia’s Energy Productivity Index, a world-first attempt to assess companies' energy performance and help investors make better decisions.
ClimateWorks’ Head of Implementation Scott Ferraro and Engagement Manager Adam Majcher joined 94.7 FM's The Sustainable Hour to discuss how Australia can achieve a net zero emissions future in four easy steps, why Paris was significant and why the ClimateWorks team are optimistic we will get there.
The first global energy productivity benchmark for listed industrial companies reveals that 70 per cent of companies analysed could have significant room for improvement around energy use.
On Friday, April 22 in New York, more than 130 countries are expected to formally sign the historic Paris agreement on climate change. Australia is expected to be among this first group along with the world’s largest emitters – China and the US. The agreement commits every country in the United Nations to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees and to pursue efforts to limit increase in temperature to 1.5 degrees.
The introduction of best practice CO2 emission standards for light vehicles could achieve about 10 per cent of the Federal Government’s 2030 emissions reduction target, according to new analysis by ClimateWorks Australia.
Risks around reducing Australia’s demand for imported fuels were considered in a recent report, using ClimateWorks Australia’s 2050 Pathways calculator to model a range of scenarios. The report identified approaches which could offer significant contributions to Australia’s energy productivity and highlighted benefits that reduced demand could offer Australia, in terms of national fuel security and impact on our carbon reduction targets.
A broad coalition of representatives from Australia’s emerging Electric Vehicle market is calling on the Federal Government to support a nationally co-ordinated approach to support the move from petrol and diesel, to electric cars.