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Australia’s transport emissions: the role of electric vehicles in reaching zero emissions

Our first in a series on the complex and interdependent nature of the transport system, Rachel Lynskey explores why electric vehicles are an important part of the net zero conversation – but not the whole picture. 

30.07.21

Australia’s transport emissions: seeing the sector as a whole shows a path to zero emissions

Our new series, researched and written by Rachel Lynskey, Project Officer for Transport, explains how the transport sector is interconnected – and that solutions for reducing emissions must be, too.

27.07.21

ClimateWorks welcomes Ian Porter

Ian will oversee our work in four physical systems – cities, energy, industry and food, land and oceans – and three enabling systems of sustainable economies, finance and corporates.

New system and country leads for ClimateWorks

As part of an ambitious strategy to accelerate the net zero transition in Australia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, new roles take a system and country perspective.

19.07.21

ClimateWorks, Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Sunway University supporting a green future for ASEAN nations

ClimateWorks have partnered with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development at Sunway University to build the economic and technical case for decarbonisation of seven economies in the ASEAN group: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

16.07.21

Good news in climate solutions – July edition

Alice, a nine-passenger, two-crew member aircraft, produces no carbon emissions, significantly reduces noise, and costs a fraction to operate per flight hour.

16.07.21

Heavy industry’s net-zero transition effort boosted by $2m ARENA grant and partnership with Rio, HSBC

An effort to transition ‘hard-to-abate’ sectors to net-zero emissions by 2050, including iron and steel, aluminium and chemical supply chains has been boosted by both a $2 million grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and major players Rio Tinto and HSBC joining the initiative, along with research provider BloombergNEF.

Stakeholders finalise vision and sector pathways in the final stage of Tonga’s long-term low emissions development strategy

Climateworks, along with Global Green Growth Institute and Relative Creative, are supporting Tonga to develop its long-term low emissions strategy (LT-LEDS).

Australian Industry Energy Transitions initiative wraps up first phase, releasing early findings into emissions reduction opportunities across supply chains

A year on from the initiative’s launch, the first phase of the Australian Industry Energy Transitions initiative has wrapped up, bringing together industry and business leaders to work collectively towards net zero emissions by 2050.

ClimateWorks joins Green Economy Coalition, Green Growth Knowledge Platform and the Asian Development Bank’s SEADS Platform

ClimateWorks is scaling its contribution to emissions reduction in Southeast Asia, joining the Green Economy Coalition, Green Growth Knowledge Platform and the Asia Development Bank’s SEADS Platform.

25.06.21

What role can philanthropy play in creating pathways to a sustainable food and land use system?

How can food systems sustainably provide healthy food for a growing population, while addressing and adapting to climate change? At the recent Philanthropy Australia summit; food, land and philanthropy experts came together to discuss how philanthropy can support Australia to become a leader in sustainable food, agriculture and land use transitions.  The food and land sector is about far more than reducing emissions.

25.06.21

Energy sector pays tribute to outstanding leader: vale Chloe Munro, AO

Chloe Munro, AO, an outstanding leader from the clean energy sector, has passed away.  Chloe’s contributions to the sector are many: the inaugural chair of the Clean Energy Regulator from 2012-2017, Chloe also held roles at the National Water Commission, AquaSure; Hydro Tasmania; Victorian Government Department of Primary Industries and Department of National Resources and Environment.

24.06.21

Good news in climate solutions – June

The end of the Keystone XL pipeline, solar takes the renewables crown, the G7 backs mandatory climate risk disclosure for companies, Indonesia moves towards renewable energy and NSW sets its sights on complete vehicle electrification.

21.06.21

As COP26 draws closer, the latest G7 summit shows the devil will be in the detail

The end of international coal investment and protecting biodiversity were on the agenda for the recent 47th G7 summit. But November’s COP26 needs to deliver greater ambition and more detail, if global temperature rise is to be limited to 1.5 degrees.

16.06.21

Energy sector climate commitments are insufficient for Australia to achieve a Paris-aligned transition to net zero: report

Australia’s energy companies are starting to move on emissions, but the country’s highest-emitting sector can and must set a faster transition pace.

26.05.21

International Energy Agency report calls for an end to new fossil fuel investment, adding pressure for Australia to raise ambition.

Pressure is mounting for wealthy countries, including Australia, on the back of the latest report from the OECD’s energy agency. The International Energy Agency (IEA) Roadmap outlines a global pathway towards net zero emission energy by 2050.

25.05.21

Reconciliation Week 2021: Recent favourites for allies from the ClimateWorks team

Reconciliation week runs every year in Australia, between two historic dates. The 27th of May – anniversary of the 1967 referendum, which altered Australia’s constitution to include Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander peoples – and the 3rd of June, when the High Court of Australia voted in favour of Eddie Mabo’s challenge to ‘terra nullius’, a major win in the battle for recognition of Indigenous land rights in Australia.

25.05.21

Good news in climate solutions – May

Thailand to go full EV by 2035, a ‘radical’ deal to cut plastic waste, Sydney ramps up its net zero goal and the IEA hones in on a global pathway to net zero.

24.05.21

Raising Indonesia’s net zero ambition: the pivotal role of energy systems in setting and reaching a net zero target

Indonesia has pledged to reach net zero by 2070. But recent developments suggest Indonesia could raise its net zero ambition to 2060, or even sooner with international support.

24.05.21

Victorian government takes important steps on emissions reduction

The Victorian government’s recently released emissions reduction targets are part of an ongoing, state-legislated process. The announcements include pledges across multiple sectors, and show the ‘how’ behind the state’s ambitions.

04.05.21

Leaders Summit on Climate: Nations step up commitments, but what does it mean for countries in our region?

Last week, United States President Joe Biden hosted the Leaders Summit on Climate. The President invited 40 leaders from around the world, including 17 countries from the US-led ‘Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate’ – responsible for close to 80 per cent of global emissions and gross domestic product.  Other invitees included leaders from nations demonstrating strong climate leadership, those especially vulnerable to climate impacts, or those charting innovative pathways to a net-zero economy.

27.04.21

The global 1.5°C carbon budget has reduced by 30 per cent in just three years – trends show we must reduce emissions faster

Amandine Denis-Ryan, Head of System Change and Capability, has recalculated the global carbon budget, finding it has fallen by 30 per cent.

26.04.21

Recruitment continues at ClimateWorks as we scale up to meet the challenges of the climate decade.

ClimateWorks is moving to a system change approach, to embolden governments and businesses to graduate from taking incremental steps to instead becoming drivers of systemic change.

Indonesia has set an ambitious target for electric vehicles: what factors can support the nation’s shift to an electric-dominated transport sector?

By Dr. Emi Gui, Senior Project Manager; and Farraz Theda, intern. Despite ambitious targets and financial incentives, what an electric-vehicle dominated transport sector could look like for Indonesia is not well understood.

26.04.21

Helping farmers and land managers measure their ‘natural capital’.

The Natural Capital Investment Initiative has developed an open source prototype to define natural capital measurement. In Australia, there is an extensive knowledge base amongst farmers, their representatives, government, the research community and intermediaries including natural resource management organisations.

Good news in climate solutions – April

ACT fleets go electric, Thailand’s net zero master plan in the works, feeding cows seaweed to fight emissions and greening crypto.

22.04.21

What to watch out for at the US-led Leaders Summit on Climate this Earth Day

By Dani Robertson, International Project Manager Kicking off on Earth Day 2021, the United States is hosting a virtual summit to galvanise efforts on climate action, bringing together 40 world leaders from the largest emitting countries, including Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

22.04.21

Outgoing Food, Land and Oceans Lead Eli Court reflects on nearly a decade of impact

When did you start at ClimateWorks, and what led you to join? I started at ClimateWorks in April of 2012. Wow.

On the road again: here’s how the states can accelerate Australia’s sputtering electric vehicle transition

Rupert Posner, ClimateWorks Australia Last month, Volkswagen Australia chief Michael Bartsch revealed Australia’s clean technology laws were so weak, his German head office would not supply Australians with the company’s top selling mid-range electric vehicles.

07.04.21

Technology regularly outperforms expectations – so what does this mean for future decision-making?

Senior Project Manager Tom Yankos looks back at a decade of ClimateWorks modelling. He finds that the global trend for technology to outperform expectations is also relevant to climate research.

15.03.21

Good news in climate solutions – March

Customers are influencing business to switch to greener options. Peter Ker and Simon Evans at the Australian Financial Review.Federal green bank powers up Victoria’s ‘Big Battery’ with $160m boost.

11.03.21

Celebrating women acting on climate

March 8 is International Women’s Day, where we celebrate women across the globe and challenge gender bias and inequality. Our strength at ClimateWorks is our diversity of experience.

08.03.21

Tonga’s long-term low emissions development strategy enters the next phase of stakeholder workshops

ClimateWorks is partnering with Global Green Growth Institute and Relative Creative to develop a long-term low emissions development strategy for the Kingdom of Tonga.

Economic imperative drives Australia’s state and territory action on climate

Early last year, a potential silver lining to the COVID-19 crisis emerged: Australia’s carbon emissions were falling. By June, Australia’s emissions had decreased by 3%, with transport emissions falling 6.7% as cities locked down.

22.02.21

ClimateWorks is scaling up to meet the challenges of the climate decade

In 2015, all countries agreed in Paris to work to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius and to strive for 1.5 degrees.

08.02.21

CEO Anna Skarbek discusses Joe Biden’s election with ABC 24

The 46th President of the United States has committed a trillion dollars in funding for the policies, including investment programs and government procurement.

08.02.21

Good news in climate solutions – February

Solar power continues to shine despite the coronavirus downturn, with every state and territory except Tasmania breaking records for installed capacity of large-scale and rooftop solar last year.

08.02.21

2021: new year, new momentum

The first year of this decade will be remembered as one of the most challenging of our time. Yet 2020 brought a significant shift in climate action, and solutions.

08.02.21

Scott Morrison has embraced net-zero emissions – now it’s time to walk the talk

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday acknowledged what many Australian businesses, investors and others have long known: the global economy is transitioning to net-zero emissions, and so too must Australia.

04.02.21

ClimateWorks board members honoured

ClimateWorks Australia is proud to congratulate our Chair, Professor John Thwaites, and long-time board member, Sam Mostyn, who have been recognised in this year’s Order of Australia awards.

See you in 2021!

Today is the last official work day for the ClimateWorks team in 2020. We’re very much looking forward to a break to recharge after an enormous year.

22.12.20

CEO Anna Skarbek reflects on 2020

Back in January, many thought 2020 would be defined by the bushfires. What long-term consequences did they have? The fires personalised the issue for a lot of people.

16.12.20

Summer watching

For us, the result was ‘The briefing room’: seven webinars that explored findings from our Decarbonisation Futures report.  Released in April, analysis from the report demonstrated that Australia’s recovery from COVID-19 could align us with a 1.5 degree pathway.

16.12.20

Summer reading

If you’re in need of some summer reading, check out our suggestions, plus a handy overview of our digital events. James Button – a longtime friend of ClimateWorks – asks ordinary Australians what global warming means to them.

16.12.20

Australia’s resources sector is preparing for the global net zero transition, but action to address the most significant source of emissions falls well short of the 2050 goal: report

Resource companies are moving their operations towards net zero by 2050, but more action is needed to address downstream scope 3 emissions, according to a new report about the climate commitments of Australia’s 22 largest resource companies.

16.12.20

Good news in climate solutions – December

Climate targets and commitments Temperature analysis shows UN goals ‘within reach’. Matt McGraw at BBC.The oceans are absorbing more carbon than previously thought: the very surface of the ocean tends to be markedly cooler than the water at a few metres depth, resulting in a substantially larger net uptake than previously thought.

15.12.20

Sali Bache: ‘Oceans and ocean based activities offer around a quarter of the solution to the 1.5 degree climate change target.’

‘I went to the beach last Wednesday and when I got home, I felt so much better. Lockdown was the longest time in my entire life that I’ve not visited the beach.

Anna Skarbek joins panel at Responsible Investment conference.

On Friday 27 November, ClimateWorks CEO Anna Skarbek spoke at a conference organised by Responsible Investment Association Australasia. She joined Jacki Johnson and Robynne Quiggin at a session chaired by Simon O’Connor entitled ‘A Bold Plan to Reshape Australia’s Financial System.

ClimateWorks CEO Anna Skarbek joins Disruptive Asia series on ‘Sustainability of the Asia Century’

On 26 November 2020, ClimateWorks Australia CEO Anna Skarbek joined a special panel to launch ‘Sustainability of the Asia Century’, as part of the Disruptive Asia series hosted by the Asia Society.

ClimateWorks and the Centre for Policy Development host Climate & Recovery Initiative Public Forum

On 23 November, 2020, the Centre for Policy Development (CPD) co-hosted a public forum with ClimateWorks Australia as part of the Climate and Recovery Initiative.

Fortescue, Cbus and Aurecon are the latest to join Australian industry initiative set up to tackle supply chain emissions

The initiative, convened by ClimateWorks Australia and Climate-KIC has signed on Fortescue, Cbus and Aurecon to join industry and business leaders working together to address supply chain emissions.

23.11.20

Good news in climate solutions – November

More Australian giants set target commitments, including ANZ, Woolworths and REST. Geelong is set to host one of the world’s largest batteries, thanks to a new initiative from the Victorian government.

16.11.20

Summary: Clean technology energy and industry transitions

On Tuesday, 27 October 2020, ClimateWorks and the British High Commission held the first of the ‘Building Our Future’ webinar series: ‘Clean technology: energy and industry transitions’.

Futures Series: Transforming the Food and Land Use System

ClimateWorks delivers workshops in collaboration with Collabforge and Deakin University, to develop a collective vision for Australia’s food and land sector in 2050.

Senior Research Manager Dr Romy Zyngier reflects on three week consultation with industry and sector representatives from the food and land use system.

‘I am filled with optimism as a result of this project, just from seeing the diverse stakeholders so excited and invested in the process.’ That’s ClimateWorks’ Senior Research Manager Dr Romy Zyngier reflecting on a three-week consultation with some thirty industry and sector representatives discussing the development of food and land in Australia.

Climate, the economy and COVID-19: addressing jobs and net zero emissions

‘Better coordination of efforts between the Commonwealth, the states and the private sector can drive large-scale investment, job creation and economic growth while lowering economy-wide emissions.’ That’s how ClimateWorks Australia CEO Anna Skarbek described the work of the Climate Recovery Initiative, a project jointly co-ordinated by ClimateWorks with the Centre for Policy Development.

Zali Steggall’s new climate change bill comes just as economic sectors step up

Anna Malos and Amandine Denis-Ryan, ClimateWorks Australia Yesterday, Zali Steggall, the independent member for Warringah, introduced her long-awaited climate change bill to the Australian parliament.

10.11.20

Anna Skarbek joins ANU Energy Change Institute Public Forum on the Australian Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap and First Low Emissions Technology Statement

On Thursday 8 October 2020, the ANU Energy Change Institute Public Forum hosted a webinar to explore the implications of the Australian Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap and First Low Emissions Technology Statement.

Tom Yankos joins Mission Shunya podcast to discuss Decarbonisation Futures

Girish Shivakumar from India’s Mission Shunya podcast caught up with ClimateWorks Australia’s Tom Yankos to discuss the implications of the Decarbonisation Futures report.

ClimateWorks’ Coral Bravo appears on GBCA podcast The Voice.

ClimateWorks data analyst Coral Bravo spoke to Tim Wheeler from the Green Building Council of Australia on the GBCA podcast The Voice.

Good news in climate solutions – October

New economic modelling finds Australia could ‘unlock an investment boom’; interest for green hydrogen and investment grows. New economic modelling from the Investor Group on Climate Change finds Australia could ‘unlock an investment boom of $63bn over the next five years’, if climate policies are aligned with a net zero by 2050 target.

16.10.20

Vanessa Sporne: “Positive communication is one of the most critical tools we have in sparking action on climate change.”

Vanessa Sporne, 2020 Adam Majcher Fellow The Adam Majcher Legacy Program seeks to build the capabilities of a future climate leader with placements across ClimateWorks, the Climate Reality Project and Common Cause. This award honours the work of Adam Majcher who was an invaluable member of the ClimateWorks team from 2015 until he suddenly passed away in August 2017.

06.10.20

ClimateWorks’ Meg Argyriou joins Asia Society’s ‘Disruptive Asia’ panel.

‘How do we ensure our post-COVID recovery is green, clean, and aligned with delivering on the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals?’ That was the question posed by a special session of the ‘Disruptive Asia’ webcast held by the Asia Society on 30 July 2020, featuring Meg Argyriou (Head of International Programs at ClimateWorks Australia), Patrick Suckling (Asia Society Policy Institute non-resident Senior Fellow and former Australian Ambassador for the Environment), Chi Mun Woo (Partner, Sustainability and Climate Change at Deloitte) and Professor Rebekah Brown (Senior Vice-Provost and Vice Provost Research at Monash University).

Climate change and carbon management strategies for tomorrow’s leaders

Where might the corporate leaders of the future learn to fight climate change today?  ClimateWorks’ Holly Dillabough knows a place. She’s the course coordinator for a unit called ‘Climate change and carbon management strategies’, that ClimateWorks delivers to masters degree students in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University.

ClimateWorks steps up to the STEPtember challenge

ClimateWorks has been getting active for an important cause this month, with teams taking part in Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s STEPtember to raise funds and awareness for people living with cerebral palsy.

29.09.20

ClimateWorks Australia partners with the Centre for Policy Development, Ai Group, ACTU and Pollination on Climate and Recovery Initiative

The Climate and Recovery Initiative brings together prominent leaders from government, business and civil society to identify the best ideas for aligning Australia’s economic recovery with a transition towards a net zero emissions economy, and to get them into the right hands.

Response to Low Emissions Technology Statement

ClimateWorks has welcomed the release of the government’s Low Emissions Technology Statement. ClimateWorks’ analysis shows that accelerated development and deployment of mature and emerging technologies are critical to ensure that Australia reaches net zero emissions by 2050 and creates a vibrant and resilient economy in a decarbonising world.

22.09.20

Statement on ARENA funding announcement

ClimateWorks Australia responds to today’s federal government announcement on the funding and ongoing role of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).  We support the broader mandate for ARENA and CEFC to work across an increased number of sectors, as well as energy.

17.09.20

Good news in climate solutions – September

Australian states include green measures in COVID-19 recovery plans, banks and insurers move away from fossil fuels and into sustainable development.

16.09.20

How ClimateWorks is supporting investors to assess climate risks and opportunities

Marine Dehayes, Senior Project Manager at ClimateWorks Australia, wants finance to contribute to climate action. She’s been working on the country’s first forward-looking climate index, the Australian Climate Transition Index (ACT Index).

16.09.20

Stimulating the net zero infrastructure conversation is ‘more relevant than ever’

Michael Li and his team signed off on the Reshaping Infrastructure for a net zero emissions future issues paper in March 2020, just as Covid-19 hit Australia.

16.09.20

Monash internship turned dream job for Jakarta local

Petra Christi recently joined ClimateWorks as a business analyst in our growing international program. Based in Indonesia, Petra will work alongside senior project manager Guntur Sutiyono and support the development of Natural Disaster Insurance Framework and Sustainable Finance in Indonesia.  Petra first encountered ClimateWorks through the Monash ‘work integrated learning’ program (WIL).

16.09.20

New Zealand government supports the development of Tonga’s long-term low emissions development strategy

The New Zealand government has announced NZ$591,000 in funding for the project, led by the The Tonga Department of Climate Change under the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communication (MEIDECC).

Australian superannuation funds on the cusp of climate action: report

Superannuation sector efforts to address climate change risks are accelerating in Australia, according to a new report about Australia’s 20 largest licensed funds.

16.09.20

New guide supports decision-makers to unlock green growth and investment opportunities

Growing evidence shows, for countries to achieve low carbon growth, decision-makers must create investment environments that steer finance from ‘brown’ to ‘green’.

ClimateWorks’ dynamic scenarios modelling underpins the first forward-looking climate index for the ASX300

ClimateWorks’ dynamic scenarios modelling underpins the first forward-looking Australian Climate Transition Index for the ASX300 Today, international financial institution BNP Paribas announced a series of equity-linked green bonds totalling A$140 million.

03.08.20

Good news in climate solutions – August

Corporate emissions targets and action grow worldwide. The Australian Energy Market Operator says Australia is ‘in the midst of what is likely to be the world’s fastest energy transition’.

03.08.20

Global food and land use transitions: Challenges and opportunities for Australia

Australia’s land is under increasing pressure as global demand for food and fibre increases and land use competition grows. There are ten food and land use transitions the world can adopt to better manage these challenges and opportunities.

Industry heavyweights come together to forge pathways towards a decarbonised future

Some of Australian industry’s biggest companies are supporting a new initiative that will see them work together to better understand pathways to achieving net zero emissions in supply chains.

27.07.20

Summary of the ClimateWorks Submission to the Australian Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap Discussion Paper

ClimateWorks Australia has made a submission to the government’s Technology Investment Roadmap discussion paper and welcomes its recognition of the suite of solutions available to reduce Australian emissions.

Mission Innovation announces 2020 Champions

ClimateWorks CEO Anna Skarbek has been named Mission Innovation Champion for Australia, 2020, which places her in an eminent group of pioneering leaders committed to fostering international collaboration around clean energy R&D and innovation. 

Good news in climate solutions – July

Investments, subsidies and policies for clean energy and climate change solutions dominate around the world. City of Adelaide and City of Sydney reach 100% renewables for electricity.

06.07.20

Anna Skarbek joins Technology Investment Roadmap Discussion

In May 2020 The Australian Government released the Technology Investment Roadmap Discussion Paper as part of a consultation process. On June 12 the ANU Energy Change Institute and Climate Change Institute presented an open public forum to share perspectives from a range of backgrounds.

Australia can transform the transport network to become a global leader

A rapid reduction in transport emissions is possible with the solutions already known and poised for widespread implementation this decade, according to new research from ClimateWorks Australia.

05.06.20

Good news in climate solutions – June

Green stimulus and international investment continue to spur climate action, while solar power makes gains in Australia. Access to European Union stimulus funds for Europe’s recovery plan will require alignment with green goals, writes Bloomberg.

04.06.20

Statement on Technology Investment Roadmap discussion paper

ClimateWorks Australia responds to the recent federal government releases, including the King Review response, and the Technology Investment Roadmap Discussion Paper announced today by Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor.

21.05.20

Energy Efficiency Council launches First Fuel Podcast, featuring ClimateWorks CEO Anna Skarbek.

On May 6 the Energy Efficiency Council launched the first episode of its new podcast, First Fuel, on energy efficiency, energy management and demand response, with ClimateWorks CEO Anna Skarbek and our major report Decarbonisation Futures the first to be featured.

Green stimulus: an opportunity for economic and climate recovery

Calls for climate to be central in stimulus packages, have been resounding across the world. Here’s a summary of but some of these.  Leaders from major corporations including Rio Tinto, BP, HSBC and Shell have come together with the Energy Transitions Commission, urging massive investments in renewable power systems, boosts for green buildings and green infrastructure, targeted support for innovative low-carbon activities and similar measures.

11.05.20

Working remotely in extraordinary circumstances

In our fifth week of working remotely, the ClimateWorks staff of almost 50 has been doing a lot of learning. Already well set up for remote work, our team has been experimenting with schedules and tools in this new era of full time ‘working from home’.

Good news in climate solutions – May

Is a green recovery on the horizon? New stimulus can improve efficiency of old buildings, renewable share increases around the world while Austria and Sweden’s grids just got cleaner.

11.05.20

Why it doesn’t make economic sense to ignore climate change in our recovery from the pandemic

shutterstock Anna Skarbek, Monash University It will be tempting for some to overlook the climate change challenge in the rush to restart the economy after the pandemic.

07.05.20

Anna Skarbek joins Australia’s biggest online energy event.

Hosted by the Smart Energy Council and RenewEconomy Stimulus Summit: A Renewables-Led Economic Recovery attracted over 3,500 delegates from across Australia.

Anna Skarbek presents at the Clean Energy Councils Clean Recovery Forum.

On Tuesday 5 May, the Clean Energy Council held a forum with leading political, industry and community representatives to discuss the potential of A Clean Recovery to lead Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19.

Retailers are realising their important role in reducing Australia’s carbon emissions

Major retailers in Australia wield significant economic influence. The sector is Australia’s second largest employer after healthcare, determines consumer choices and affects suppliers, producers and manufacturers across many economic sectors.

27.04.20

Carbon conversations: Anna Skarbek talks ClimateWorks’ major report.

On the back of ClimateWorks’ seminal report release, Decarbonisation Futures, CEO Anna Skarbek joined the Carbon Market Institute’s John Connor to discuss the findings.

The conversation hour: Anna Skarbek discusses the impact of the coronavirus on climate change.

The coronavirus pandemic has put lives on hold at brought the world to a stop. The ABC’s conversation hour asked if this would mean the issue of climate change taking a back seat.

08.04.20

Good news in climate solutions – April

UK emissions continue to drop, our environment is getting healthier and the key lessons coronavirus has taught us as we battle climate change.

07.04.20

Energy Insiders Podcast: Anna Skarbek on Australia’s rapid and low cost path to zero emissions

Since the release of ClimateWork’s 2014 report Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation technology costs are far lower and more advanced. Our seminal report shows not only is net zero emissions possible, it could have considerable economic benefits as we recover from Covid-19.

07.04.20

Stimulating Australia’s economy and reaching climate goals can share a single pathway

The latest launch by ClimateWorks Australia, the Decarbonisation Futures report, builds on previous modelling to show that pathways to zero emissions by 2050 remain open, with new technology enabling Australia to achieve an outcome compatible with a global temperature rise of under 1.5 degrees.  Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this work is being looked at in a new light – as a way to rebuild Australia’s economy in a climate-friendly fashion.

07.04.20

How can climate action help drive Australia’s recovery? Anna Skarbek in conversation with Australia at Home.

The action needed to address the threat of climate change could also be key to stimulating Australia’s economic recovery from Covid-19.

06.04.20

After the pandemic: how Australia can be a net zero nation by 2050 and stimulate the economy getting there.

The rapid progress and plummeting cost of green technology provide an unprecedented opportunity for Australia to move to a net zero emissions economy by 2050.

04.04.20

Case study: GPT Group

One of Australia’s largest diversified property groups, GPT owns and manages some of Australia’s most well-known retail, office and logistics properties including Melbourne Central, Sydney’s Australia Square and Brisbane’s Riverside Centre.

13.03.20

Good news in climate solutions – March

Telstra leads the way in emissions targets, councils bring forward their net zero targets, Turkey’s energy is now provided by 49% clean energy. All this and more in the latest good news in climate solutions.

11.03.20

Anna Skarbek joins Centre for Climate and Energy Policy panel: Towards a Long-Term Emissions Strategy for Australia

On 26 February 2020, the Centre for Climate and Energy Policy convened a discussion between experts and stakeholders on Australia’s national 2050 emissions strategy.

Infrastructure can lay the foundations for Australia’s net zero emissions future

Infrastructure will play a critical role in supporting Australia’s transition to net zero emissions, according to a new paper released today.

Is your company prepared for the climate transition?

The shift towards a decarbonised future is now well underway. Big players in our global economy are moving as part of a global trend towards climate action.

Electric buses can reduce costs, improve air quality and support local industries.

Electric buses are about to have their moment. Globally there were 460,000 electric buses operating in 2018, an increase of 25% on 2017 numbers, with China representing a huge 99% of the global market.

Cities of Sydney and Melbourne among councils leading momentum to net zero emissions.

Local governments hold significant influence over Australia’s emissions through their connection to people, households and business. Cities account for 70 per cent of emissions globally.

Can Australia follow the UK’s lead to ban fossil fuel cars by 2035?

Australians have the appetite for electric vehicles, what we need now is infrastructure and policy to make it accessible for all.

07.02.20

Local governments helping cut resident and business emissions to zero

Local governments can play an important role in reducing Australia’s carbon emissions. In fact, many already are. New research by ClimateWorks Australia, with the Monash Sustainable Development Institute as part of the Net Zero Momentum Tracker initiative, analyses the climate commitments and activities of 57 local government areas covering over half of the Australian population.

Good news in climate solutions – January

The world’s largest fund manager is divesting from coal, Spain phased out coal a decade ahead of schedule and Microsoft committed to become carbon negative.

31.01.20

From ideas to impact: scaling green solutions

Micro factories for e-waste, seaweed farms to sequester carbon, powering whole towns with food waste. There is no shortage of innovative climate solutions.

30.01.20

Monash Lens: One overarching ask for business and investors: Do you have a plan to achieve zero emissions?

An excerpt from Anna Skarbek’s piece in Monash Lens, One overarching ask for business and investors: Do you have a plan to achieve zero emissions?

28.01.20

“Look for ways to apply your skills to the great challenges of our time.”

ClimateWorks CEO Anna Skarbek’s graduation address: Monash Business School In December 2019, Monash University Alumna and CEO of ClimateWorks Australia Anna Skarbek addressed the next generation of business leaders at the 2019 Graduation Ceremony.

ClimateWorks Chair Professor John Thwaites on fuel reduction burns

In the wake of Australia’s unprecedented 2019/2020 summer fires, ClimateWorks Australia Chair and former Deputy Premier John Thwaites spoke to Virginia Trioli on ABC Melbourne Mornings about his experience as Victoria’s Environment Minister.

13.01.20

Anna Skarbek presents keynote to Carbon Market Institute Summit, 2019

In 2019, at the sixth Australasian Emissions Reduction Summit, ClimateWorks CEO Anna Skarbek shared lessons from ten years of climate action, and how these can be applied to the next decade.

Australian banks are taking steps towards net zero emissions, but actions are not yet comprehensive

Australia’s 20 largest banks are taking steps to reduce emissions from their investment and lending portfolios, but their actions are ad hoc and not yet fully aligned to the net zero goal of the Paris Climate Agreement, according to the latest Net Zero Momentum Tracker report.

21.11.19

Land use futures publishes natural capital roadmap

The Natural Capital Roadmap presents the ideas of over 300 leaders in farming, forestry, natural resource management, conservation, finance, policy, research and government on how to progress the natural capital agenda in Australia.

Growing ambition for net zero strategies

With support from European Climate Foundation and the 2050 Pathways Program, the Global Green Growth Institute and ClimateWorks Australia visited Tonga in August to conduct scoping for the development of Tonga’s Long Term – Low Emissions Development Strategy.

High level engagement in our Southeast Asia and Pacific programs

Our international team has recently launched a series of discussion papers on low carbon opportunities in Southeast Asia. Off the back of this launch, international project manager Dani Robertson spoke to Devex about building the case for a green economy.

Major Australian property companies are making progress towards net zero emissions

Sector-wide adoption of a net zero ambition is critical to achieving the global mandate to keep temperatures well below 20C whilst striving for 1.50C.

24.09.19

Melissa Yoon: “I believe every single person has a link to climate change in some way.”

Melissa Yoon, 2019 Adam Majcher Fellow The Adam Majcher Legacy Program seeks to build the capabilities of a future climate leader with placements across ClimateWorks, the Climate Reality Project and Common Cause. This award honours the work of Adam Majcher who was an invaluable member of the ClimateWorks team from 2015 until he suddenly passed away in August 2017.

11.09.19

Fleet owners could save money by choosing electric vehicles

ClimateWorks research shows that councils and organisations could save money in the long term by choosing electric for their fleets. CEO Anna Skarbek spoke at the Electricity Vehicle Transition Conference outlining how this could have a huge impact in accelerating Australia’s transition to electric vehicles.

Australia has opened the door to higher performing homes, at lower cost

In July, building ministers agreed to develop stronger minimum energy standards for new houses and apartments. It’s a timely agreement that could set Australian homes towards lower energy bills, less strain on the electricity network and fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

29.07.19

CSIRO Launches Australian National Outlook 2019

CSIRO partnered with NAB, ClimateWorks and more than 20 other partners to develop the Australian National Outlook 2019. Drawing on latest scientific data and modelling from leading experts, the ANO “is a unique way of uniting the power of science with the lived and hoped-for experiences of Australia’s industry leaders,” said CSIRO Chief Executive Larry Marshall.  The models were combined with the business/academic expertise of 52 people from more than 20 Australian organisations to translate outcomes into scenarios for Australia’s natural resources and energy, productivity and services, and cities and infrastructure.

Young climate leader awarded inaugural Adam Majcher Legacy Fellowship

A 24-year old university student from North Melbourne, Melissa Yoon has been awarded the inaugural Adam Majcher Legacy Fellowship that trains and builds the capacities of a future climate leader.

Land use futures team hosts natural capital summit

In early June 2019, the Land Use Futures team – working with NAB and the Queensland State Government – ran the Natural Capital Summit, as part of ClimateWeek QLD 2019.

Land use futures launches interactive website on Australia’s land use

Land use futures has launched a new web interactive that explores the different ways Australia’s land is used and managed. It forms part of the Land Use Futures program, which is working to develop integrated pathways and a roadmap for sustainable food and land use in Australia.

New initiative underway to show Australian organisations’ progress towards net zero emissions

A national tracker of emissions reduction pledges by Australian companies, governments and organisations is part of a new initiative being launched today by ClimateWorks Australia working within the Monash Sustainable Development Institute.

ClimateWorks International team revs up

Meg Argyriou, ClimateWorks Head of International Programs, and her team have been running and participating in panels and events around the world. Meg visited Indonesia to sit on a panel for the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s long term strategy.

Land use futures holds workshops in capital cities across Australia

From March to May 2019, the Land use futures team held workshops in capital cities across Australia. These brought together over 150 people from almost 100 organisations, including landowners, agricultural industry representatives, sustainable agriculture consultants, banks, insurers, impact investors, policy makers, natural resource managers and research and development organisations.

The UK has a national climate change act – why don’t we?

It’s time Australian politicians were guided by national climate change legislation. Shutterstock Anna Skarbek, Monash University; Anna Malos, ClimateWorks Australia; Cameron Hepburn, University of Oxford, and Matthew Carl Ives, University of Oxford No matter who wins the upcoming federal election, both the ALP and LNP are committed to remaining in the Paris Climate Agreement.

15.05.19

We can be a carbon-neutral nation by 2050, if we just get on with it

Anna Skarbek, Monash University and Anna Malos, ClimateWorks Australia This is part of a major series called Advancing Australia, in which leading academics examine the key issues facing Australia in the lead-up to the 2019 federal election and beyond.

04.03.19

Strong energy targets for buildings could deliver emissions and power savings in Australia’s Top End: new report

A more stringent National Construction Code with stronger energy performance targets would reduce emissions and power bills for buildings in Northern Australia, according to a new report released today by ASBEC and ClimateWorks Australia.

29.11.18

New national sustainable food and land use project gets underway

A new initiative aimed at developing a roadmap for a sustainable food and land use system for Australia, was launched today.

Monash University and ClimateWorks win UN Award for Net Zero Initiative

Monash University and ClimateWorks Australia have won a 2018 Momentum for Change Award presented by the United Nations at the Climate Week conference in New York for the Net Zero Initiative.

Australia not on track to reach 2030 emissions reduction target but potential is there: report

Australia is not yet on track to meet its emissions reduction targets under the Paris Agreement but there are many opportunities to still get there, according to new research released today.

06.09.18

Australia is not on track to reach 2030 Paris target (but the potential is there)

Anna Skarbek, Monash University While Australia is coming to terms with yet another new prime minister, one thing that hasn’t changed is the emissions data: Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are not projected to fall any further without new policies.

06.09.18

Australia’s buildings must be built for a zero carbon future

Energy standards in Australia’s National Construction Code must be urgently upgraded if new buildings are to be fit for a zero carbon future, according to a new report released today.

Australia’s electric vehicle industry gains momentum: report

On the back of global trends, media interest and growing consumer awareness at home, Australia’s electric vehicle industry grew slightly last year, according to a new report released today by the Electric Vehicle Council and ClimateWorks Australia.

Latest report from ‘Plug and play’ project released

ClimateWorks Australia and Seed Advisory have released a new report with recommendations designed to improve transparency, oversight and representation of customer interests in electricity network access requirements.

Australia can meet the energy trilemma – but not by extending coal generation

Australia can address the energy trilemma and provide secure affordable energy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions – but not by extending the life of existing coal-fired power stations, according to ClimateWorks Australia.

06.09.17

ClimateWorks and the Myer Foundation recognised in national philanthropy awards

ClimateWorks Australia and its co-founding philanthropic partner, The Myer Foundation won a major award at the 2017 Australian Philanthropy Awards held in Melbourne last night.

ClimateWorks zero emissions study a finalist in prestigious Banksia Awards

ClimateWorks Australia was honoured to be a finalist at the 2016 Banksia Awards held in Sydney last night. The report, Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation in 2050: How Australia can prosper in a low carbon world co-lead by ClimateWorks and ANU with modelling from CSIRO and Centre of Policy Studies was named a finalist in the Communication For Change Award category.

Energy efficiency key priority for Asia Pacific

Energy efficiency continues to be a key policy concern for governments and an increasing focus for business throughout the Asia Pacific.

02.08.16

ClimateWorks welcomes Victoria’s target of net zero emissions by 2050

ClimateWorks Australia today welcomed the announcement by the Victorian Government that it will adopt a target of net zero emissions by 2050, as recommended in the review of the Victorian Climate Change Act 2010.

09.06.16

Ian Potter Foundation makes multi-million dollar donation

The Ian Potter Foundation has announced a $3 million grant over four years to Monash University, to boost the capacity of ClimateWorks Australia to facilitate Australia’s transition to a zero net carbon future.

Global report shows 15 countries’ pathways to a decarbonised economy

A new report released today by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shows how 15 countries including Australia could together cut  emissions in half while tripling economic output.  The Deep Decarbonisation Pathways project involves modelling teams from all of the major emitters including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA.

New project maps Australia’s shift to net zero emissions by 2050

A new project to develop a pathway for Australia to move to a low carbon economy by 2050 while building a prosperous nation was launched today.

ClimateWorks welcomes Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

ClimateWorks and our partners are pleased to welcome Jeffrey D. Sachs, world-renowned economist and leader in sustainable development, to launch How Australia can thrive in a low carbon world: Pathways to prosperity in 2050.

Vehicle emission standards would save motorists more than free trade deal

It was reported earlier this month that Australia’s free trade deal with Japan would mean the average price of a Japanese car will be between $750 and $1500 cheaper (depending on which analyst you believe).

29.04.14

Reforms will boost green energy

The first successful customer led rule change to reform the National Energy Market (NEM) was adopted by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) last week.

ClimateWorks leads call for best practice vehicle emission standards

ClimateWorks Australia, in partnership with CHOICE, has called on the Federal Government to introduce best practice light vehicle CO2 emission standards within the next two years to bring Australia on a trajectory that follows Europe and the United States.

Research identifies further potential for industrial demand side participation

New research has identified a large opportunity for industrial companies to reduce their own energy bills while also helping respond to peak demand pressures on the national electricity grid.

Program to help businesses access building upgrade funding

A new public engagement program is being designed to clearly and simply communicate the business case for Environmental Upgrade Agreements to small and medium sized building owners and tenants and help them to finance energy and environmental upgrades to their building.

Australia’s transition to a low carbon economy is underway

Australia has made significant progress towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building a low-­carbon economy, according to new research released today. The ClimateWorks Australia report, Tracking Progress Towards a Low Carbon Economy, found an increase in activity to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the last decade across all sectors of the economy studied.

National rule reforms will boost cleaner energy

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) last week released its draft determination on a proposal to promote cleaner, medium sized embedded energy systems*.

ClimateWorks and Australia’s Supply Chain and Logistics Association

As part of its Energy Efficiency Information Grant (EEIG) from the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) has engaged ClimateWorks to assist with the development and delivery of energy efficiency training and support to Australian transport and logistics SMEs (i.e.

Companies cut energy use saving $1.2 billion

Companies that account for half of Australia’s total energy consumption are implementing projects that will save 4.8 per cent of their energy use, according to a series of reports released by ClimateWorks Australia today.

Industrial sector could cut energy use by 11 per cent

Australia’s industrial sector could cut its energy use by 11 per cent without adversely affecting business activity, according to a new report released by ClimateWorks Australia today.  ClimateWorks Interim Executive Director, Greg Garvin said the report identified potential energy savings across the industrial sector which could save businesses money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Tracking Australia’s progress on reducing emissions

A new national index of business activity and its impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions is being developed to track Australia’s progress towards a low carbon economy.

ClimateWorks Executive Director Appointed to CEFC

ClimateWorks Executive Director, Anna Skarbek has been appointed to the Board of the new $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).

Prominent Australians join the Board of ClimateWorks

ClimateWorks Australia today announced the appointment of former Federal Environment Minister, Robert Hill AC and prominent business leader, Heather Ridout, to its board of directors.

Review to change national electricity rules welcomed

The Australian Energy Market Commission’s (AEMC’s) decision to review the National Electricity Rules (NER) making it easier for embedded generators to connect to the electricity grid was welcomed today by ClimateWorks Australia, Seed Advisory and the Property Council of Australia.

Australian retailers missing out on billions in energy savings

Research released today by National Australia Bank (NAB) and ClimateWorks reveals that a focussed investment in energy efficient initiatives could be more significant for retail businesses’ overall performance than hitting forecast growth numbers.

Geelong community to start planning implementation of Low Carbon Growth Plan for Greater Geelong

Australia’s first Regional Low Carbon Growth Plan will be presented at a public forum today, outlining the financial benefits of a lower carbon future.

Australia’s first Regional Low Carbon Growth Plan for Greater Geelong shows financial benefit of a lower carbon future

A practical plan for how Geelong can achieve a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and build a low-carbon economy will be released today.

Australians to pay more for delaying action on climate change

The easiest and cheapest ways of reducing Australia’s greenhouse pollution are slipping by due to delayed action on climate change, a new report reveals today.

ClimateWorks Australia wins Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Innovative Solutions to Climate Change

ClimateWorks Australia’s Low Carbon Growth Plan for Australia has been awarded the Eureka Prize for Innovative Solutions to Climate Change, at an event dubbed the ‘Oscars of Australian science’, held in Sydney last night.

New Low Carbon Growth Plan for Australia

A blueprint for how Australia can achieve an ambitious reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and build a growing low-carbon economy was released today.

New data shows 25% emissions reduction is achievable

Australia can achieve a greenhouse gas emissions reductions target of 25 per cent by 2020 at a relatively low average cost, according to new data soon to be released by ClimateWorks Australia.

The Myer Foundation and Monash University join forces to address climate change

ClimateWorks Australia, launched today by Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard, heralds a new cohesive approach to tackling climate change, led by the philanthropic sector.