This SMART guide and briefing paper along with the SMART Tool, accompany the Horizon to horizon guide. Combined, these resources aim to simplify the process for developing and implementing long term, low emissions development strategies, while drawing out the interconnected benefits of long term planning for other strategic country-specific priorities.
The latest Tracking Progress report from ClimateWorks (September 2018) shows Australia is not yet on track to meet its emissions reduction targets as stipulated under the Paris Agreement - but there are still many opportunities to get there.
Tracking Progress to net zero emissions, has found Australia needs to double its emissions reduction progress to achieve the federal government's target of 26-28 per cent by 2030, and triple its progress in order to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
Energy standards in Australia’s National Construction Code must be urgently upgraded if new buildings are to be fit and ready for a zero carbon future, according to a new report Built to Perform An industry led pathway to a zero carbon ready building code, prepared by ClimateWorks Australia and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council. The report shows that setting stronger energy standards for new buildings in the Code could, between now and 2050, reduce energy bills by up to $27 billion, cut energy network costs by up to $7 billion and deliver at least 78 million tonnes of cumulative emissions savings.
Click here to read the Built to Perform report.
The detailed methodology, numbers and results presented in the Built to Perform report are underpinned by analysis set out in the Technical Report, available here.
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 this new report, released by the Electric Vehicle Council and ClimateWorks Australia. But this second ‘State of electric vehicles’ report also notes Australia is lagging behind the rest of the world and there are several opportunities to improve uptake, including a supportive policy environment through regulatory, financial and non-financial policies and incentives; and the introduction of light vehicle CO2 emissions standards (over 80 per cent of the world auto market already has such standards; Australia is one of few developed countries that does not). It also notes government at all levels could use their greater purchasing power to encourage broader uptake of EVs.
Energy sector experts predict that, going forward, Australia’s electricity network will rely less on large centralised electricity generation as more individuals and businesses install renewable generation on their own premises. For this to happen, the network access requirements that customers must meet to connect their equipment to the grid must be fair and effective. Building on our first report, this new report, Plug & Play - Enabling distributed generation through effective grid connection standards, makes recommendations to improve transparency, oversight and representation of customer interests in network access requirements.
Plug & Play 2 - Enabling distributed generation through effective grid connection standards [Executive Summary] [PDF 43.24 KB]
A two-page summary of the second report from the Plug & Play project.
How developing countries can prosper in a rapidly decarbonising world - Pathways to Prosperity [PDF 2.92 MB]
'Pathways to Prosperity - Achieving lowest emissions development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’, is a new work program to share learnings and build capacity across our regional neighbours, building on the proven ‘Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation in 2050 ’ approach. The program seeks to support capacity building in up to 10 developing countries across the Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands region, delivered through a partnership approach. The program challenges the current development paradigm by demonstrating that rapid development can be achieved without significantly increasing emissions, and that this decoupling gives developing countries the best chance to achieve prosperity in a rapidly decarbonising world.
A one-page summary of The Bottom Line: Household Impacts of Delaying Improved Energy Requirements in the Building Code report, prepared by ClimateWorks Australia for the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC).
Private transport is likely to be markedly different in the years ahead, driven by a number of technological disruptors currently under development such as battery driven, autonomous (driverless) vehicles and the rapid advancement of care-share and ride-share vehicles.
Predictions are that these disruptions will lead to massive changes in the global vehicle industry, government regulation, and even urban design of our cities by as soon as 2030, yet little research to prepare for how these changes will be met and accepted by users and society generally.
This report by ClimateWorks Australia is one chapter of a broader project by a collaboration of Monash Research partners. It was developed to examine current knowledge and identify gaps in research we need to address if we are to better understand the challenges and opportunities that future transport may present.
ClimateWorks is proud to share our latest impact report, titled 'Building Momentum'. It covers many of our key achievements over the 2016-2017 financial year, which contributed to forward momentum towards our 'net zero emissions by 2050' future. As the report shows, ClimateWorks continues to deliver impact both through collaborative projects and our own initiatives.
The program released an Issues Paper in November 2017 titled Taking the Long view: Why a long term approach for the developing world is critical to achieving Sustainable Development Goals and climate safety. This Paper presents the compelling argument that decarbonisation (or avoided growth in emissions) is not only possible for developing countries, it is in fact essential for the achievement of other sustainable development goals. The significant adjustments required - policy, capacity, governance and financial - are complex and difficult, yet they must be a priority if countries are to achieve sustained economic growth, social development outcomes, and the environmental stability that is foundational to these two outcomes.
Joint Submission to the Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions: Proposed Fuel Efficiency Standard for Light Vehicles [PDF 827.43 KB]
A joint submission by ClimateWorks Australia and Future Climate Australia to the Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions, illustrating that improving light vehicle fuel efficiency will help deliver Australia’s international climate commitments, improve air quality, reduce health impacts and deliver significant financial savings to the Australian economy.