The Australian government has started looking into carbon dioxide emissions standards for light vehicles, as part of new measures to meet the nation’s 2030 climate targets. However, some are already questioning the use of standards, with media reports pointing to higher costs for new car buyers and the possibility of the government bungling the introduction of standards.
The Paris climate agreement is getting closer to coming into force. This week 31 countries ratified the deal, including Brazil (the world’s 12th-largest greenhouse gas emitter), the United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh.
ClimateWorks Australia today welcomed the resumption of the federal government’s Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions, and the proposal to release three regulatory impact statements by the end of the year for public consultation. ClimateWorks Head of Implementation, Scott Ferraro said the forum was important for progressing the introduction of light vehicle CO2 emissions standards in Australia.
As the Green Building Council Australia (GBCA) approves its new strategic plan, industry leaders with diverse skillsets and deep experience in new sectors have been appointed to the new board of directors, including ClimateWorks CEO Anna Skarbek.
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.