Carefully nurtured partnerships and an entrepreneurial mindset are critical to the success of many initiatives at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and ClimateWorks Australia.
The world is currently at a tipping point where the implementation of the national decarbonization commitments made at COP26 will largely determine whether the world can realise the 1.5°C aspiration of the Paris Agreement.
The Adam Majcher Legacy Fellowship was created to honour former ClimateWorks staff member, Common Cause Australia co-founder and Climate Reality Project organiser Adam Majcher, who passed away suddenly in 2017. The fellowship honours Adam Majcher’s work advancing climate change solutions, by developing the unique pathways of young Australians creating change.
Ahead of COP26, CEDA gathered an expert panel to discuss the way forward for Australia, to hasten our energy transition in a rapidly decarbonising world.
By Emma Peterson, Anna Malos, Meg Argyriou and Anita Foerster In a little over a month, the 26th international Conference of Parties (COP) will meet – either in person or perhaps virtually – in Glasgow, Scotland.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
ClimateWorks delivers workshops in collaboration with Collabforge and Deakin University, to develop a collective vision for Australia’s food and land sector in 2050.
‘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.
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.
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.
‘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).
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 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.
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).
Growing evidence shows, for countries to achieve low carbon growth, decision-makers must create investment environments that steer finance from ‘brown’ to ‘green’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
Hosted by the Smart Energy Council and RenewEconomy Stimulus Summit: A Renewables-Led Economic Recovery attracted over 3,500 delegates from across Australia.
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.
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.
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 will play a critical role in supporting Australia’s transition to net zero emissions, according to a new paper released today.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) last week released its draft determination on a proposal to promote cleaner, medium sized embedded energy systems*.
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 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.
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.
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 Australia today announced the appointment of former Federal Environment Minister, Robert Hill AC and prominent business leader, Heather Ridout, to its board of directors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ClimateWorks Australia, launched today by Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard, heralds a new cohesive approach to tackling climate change, led by the philanthropic sector.