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The Bottom Line - Interim Report

The Bottom Line – household impacts of delaying improved energy requirements in the Building Code [PDF 3.81 MB]

Australia has the potential to strengthen residential energy standards in the Building Code and cut heating and cooling energy use by up to 51 per cent, according to a new report released today by ClimateWorks Australia and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC).

The ClimateWorks and ASBEC report highlights that energy requirements in the Code were last updated in 2010 and are next due to be updated in 2019, which is proposed to include improvements to the requirements for housing. These are a good start, but there is no proposal to strengthen the required level of energy efficiency for homes. The report stresses that by failing to act now, we will be building to 2010 standards all the way to 2022, locking in higher emissions and energy costs.

However, implementing these changes now could deliver Australians more comfortable homes plus savings of up to $150 per household a year on energy bills, more than offsetting additional capital costs.  Changes could also cut emissions by around 10.8 million tonnes to 2050 - the same amount Loy Yang B coal-fired power station emits annually - and reduce stress on the electricity grid. 

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The future of private transport in Australia [PDF 541.71 KB]

Private transport is likely to be markedly different in the years ahead, driven by a number of technological disruptors currently under development such as battery driven, autonomous (driverless) vehicles and the rapid advancement of care-share and ride-share vehicles. 

Predictions are that these disruptions will lead to massive changes in the global vehicle industry, government regulation, and even urban design of our cities by as soon as 2030, yet little research to prepare for how these changes will be met and accepted by users and society generally. ​

This report by ClimateWorks Australia is one chapter of a broader project by a collaboration of Monash Research partners. It was developed to examine current knowledge and identify gaps in research we need to address if we are to better understand the challenges and opportunities that future transport may present.

Solving the gas crisis - A big problem deserves a big solution [PDF 427.91 KB]

Australia is facing a gas crisis due to a mismatch between domestic supply and demand in the east coast market, driven by rapid growth in the LNG export market and the absence of a comprehensive national energy policy. The resulting high energy prices and unfavourable contract conditions have wide-ranging impacts for the Australian economy, particularly for industries reliant on gas. Without any changes, gas prices could continue to rise, leading to negative impacts on industry profitability – potentially leading to closures and job losses. This creates big risks for Australia.

Fortunately, there is a big solution: Demand side improvements, including energy efficiency and switching from gas to alternative low carbon energy sources. This has been largely overlooked in discussions on the gas crisis to date.

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Building momentum: Impact Report 2016–2017 [PDF 3.57 MB]

ClimateWorks is proud to share our latest impact report, titled 'Building Momentum'. It covers many of our key achievements over the 2016-2017 financial year, which contributed to forward momentum towards our 'net zero emissions by 2050' future. As the report shows, ClimateWorks continues to deliver impact both through collaborative projects and our own initiatives.


See also: The Ripple Effect: ClimateWorks Australia Impact Report 2015–2016

Taking the Long View - Issues Paper

Taking the long view - Why a long term approach for the developing world is critical to achieving sustainable development goals and climate safety [PDF 3.52 MB]

Developing countries have much to gain, and potentially much to lose, in the world’s rapid transition towards net zero emissions. ‘Taking the Long View’ argues that not only is decarbonisation (or avoided growth in emissions) possible for developing countries, it is in fact essential for the achievement of other sustainable development goals. The significant adjustments required - policy, capacity, governance and financial - are complex and difficult, yet they must be a priority if countries are to achieve sustained economic growth, social development outcomes, and the environmental stability that is foundational to these two outcomes.

Joint Submission to the Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions: Proposed Fuel Efficiency Standard for Light Vehicles [PDF 827.43 KB]

A joint submission by ClimateWorks Australia and Future Climate Australia to the Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions, illustrating that improving light vehicle fuel efficiency will help deliver Australia’s international climate commitments, improve air quality, reduce health impacts and deliver significant financial savings to the Australian economy.

Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory Project – Issues Paper [PDF 2.58 MB]

ClimateWorks Australia has partnered with the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) to support the development of an industry-led and evidence-based pathway towards ambitious, long-term targets for energy performance requirements within the National Construction Code. The first publication in this project is an Issues Paper, with an interim report on project findings due in November 2017 and a final report including a policy pathway and cost-benefit analysis due in March of 2018.

The State of Electric Vehicles in Australia [PDF 7.08 MB]

The State of Electric Vehicles in Australia report provides an up-to-date assessment of Australia’s electric vehicle industry. While electric vehicles currently only make up 0.1% of the Australian vehicle market, our analysis of electric vehicle uptake, policy and consumer attitudes shows that momentum is building.

ClimateWorks Australia Submission to the Review of Australia's climate change policies [PDF 1.36 MB]

ClimateWorks' submission to the review of Australia's climate change policies outline the importance of a target of net zero emissions by 2050. Our submission draws on engagement with key stakeholders, as well as our extensive research, which demonstrates we can reach net zero emissions while growing employment and our economy. The submission also makes the case that while delay and policy uncertainty will increase costs, a net zero by 2050 target, as part of a long-term plan, enables an effective transition.
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Plug & Play: Facilitating grid connection of low emissions technologies — Consultation summary paper [PDF 840.51 KB]

For Australia to play its fair share in the global effort against climate change we must ensure that the innovative technologies and business models required to meet climate targets and drive energy productivity can readily participate in the energy market. The objective of the Plug and Play project is to identify and drive the implementation of institutional and policy solutions to make grid connections for existing and emerging technologies as straightforward and cost effective as possible for customers and proponents, while safeguarding electricity supply.

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