The ocean is essential to tackling climate change. So why has it been neglected in global climate talks?
Climate change is commonly discussed as though it’s a uniquely atmospheric phenomena. But the crisis is deeply entwined with the ocean, and this has largely been neglected in international climate talks.
The Morrison government is set to finally announce a 2050 net-zero commitment. Here’s a ‘to do’ list for each sector
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has finally struck a deal with the Nationals and is expected to take a pledge of net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2050 to the Glasgow climate conference.
Ahead of COP26, Australia’s federal government has set a target to reach net zero emissions by 2050. ClimateWorks CEO Anna Skarbek breaks down what this means, as the world raises ambition and seeks to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.
ClimateWorks report shows what net zero best practice means for business and reveals examples of Australian companies getting it right
Two Australian ASX-listed companies have set net zero emissions targets fully aligned with global science and there is evidence of growing climate leadership in most corporate sectors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Superannuation sector efforts to address climate change risks are accelerating in Australia, according to a new report about Australia’s 20 largest licensed funds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Infrastructure will play a critical role in supporting Australia’s transition to net zero emissions, according to a new paper released today.
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.
Micro factories for e-waste, seaweed farms to sequester carbon, powering whole towns with food waste. There is no shortage of innovative climate solutions.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.