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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.

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.

22.04.21

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.

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

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

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

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.

02.12.20

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

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.

16.11.20

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

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 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

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).

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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