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

Green hydrogen is an emerging technology for reducing emissions that requires further investment in research and development. For some parts of the transport sector, the case for green hydrogen is more viable that electrification.

14.09.21

NCC22 update: Draft provisions a chance to embed long-awaited energy improvement measures for new homes

This week, the Australian Building Codes Board released for public consultation the draft National Construction Code 2022 provisions. ClimateWorks Australia welcomes the provisions as the vital next step towards improving the energy performance of all new homes throughout Australia.  ‘Minimum standards for housing haven’t shifted significantly for over a decade,’ says ClimateWorks Senior Project Manager Michael Li.

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

Rachel Lynskey unpacks how infrastructure can influence transport systems for the better: providing options for shifting to clean transport modes as well as improving health and environment outcomes.

23.08.21

Net zero ambition in infrastructure: Western Australia’s draft strategy is a step forward for the sector

Last month, the state infrastructure advisory body of Western Australia released their inaugural state infrastructure strategy in draft form for public input.

23.08.21

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.  Australia’s transport sector includes one of the most energy- and emissions-intensive road vehicle fleets in the world.

30.07.21

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.