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Australia signed the Paris Agreement. Then what happened?

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.

15.09.21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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 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 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