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ClimateWorks submission on the Safeguard Crediting Mechanism Discussion Paper

In October ClimateWorks Australia had the opportunity to respond to the Discussion Paper: King Review Safeguard Crediting Mechanism (the Discussion Paper) of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (the Department).


ClimateWorks submission to NCC Public Comment Draft (Stage 2)

In October 2021 ClimateWorks Australia had the opportunity to respond to the energy efficiency provisions of the National Construction Code Public Comment Draft.


Corporate action for 1.5 degrees: Best practice for Australian company net zero commitments

Read our news story: ClimateWorks report shows what net zero best practice means for business and reveals examples of Australian companies getting it right What does it take to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees?


State and territory climate action: Leading policies and programs in Australia

All Australian state and territory governments are now committed to net zero emissions by 2050 or earlier. These commitments cover all emissions produced within Australia’s borders.


State and corporate climate action – closing in on 1.5

Ambitious targets are just part of the equation for a 1.5 degree future. For decision makers in both business and government, the question is: how do we get there?


Australian Industry Energy Transitions Initiative – Phase 1 Report

Emissions from Australia’s industrial supply chains are considered ‘hard-to-abate’ because addressing them poses more technological and commercial challenges than encountered in other sectors of the economy.


The briefing room: Industry and the global net zero transition

Australia can be competitive and remain a major export economy as the world decarbonises. But the transition challenges are real, and the solutions go beyond what a single player can achieve alone.


ClimateWorks Australia submission to Queensland’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Strategy

In July 2021 ClimateWorks had to opportunity to provide input to Queensland’s new Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Strategy. The submission draws from our Decarbonisation Futures scenario modelling, our Moving to Zero transport report, and a comparison of current Queensland zero-emissions vehicles policy and leading policies inother states and territories.


The briefing room: Transforming our food and land use systems – global trends and Australia’s opportunity

On Tuesday 20 July ClimateWorks Australia hosted a UN Food Systems Summit Independent Dialogue, putting the spotlight on sustainable food and land use systems, and the role Australia can play in supporting climate outcomes.


Net zero momentum tracker – energy sector

Australia’s energy sector must accelerate its pace of decarbonisation if Australia is to reach net zero emissions, in line with the global climate goals.


ClimateWorks submissions to the review of Tasmania’s Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008 and the consultation on Tasmania’s next climate change action plan

The independent review of Tasmania’s Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008 provides an opportunity to bring Tasmania’s legislation in line with the state’s ambition to be a world leader on climate change, and in line with the state’s unique emissions profile.


ClimateWorks submission to the Future Fuels Strategy: Discussion Paper ‘Powering Choice’

In April 2021 ClimateWorks had the opportunity to respond to the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Future Fuels Strategy: Discussion Paper ‘Powering Choice’.


Holding focus: Impact report 2020

In 2020, ClimateWorks was proud to adapt and  ‘hold focus’ despite the extraordinary circumstance of operating amid a global pandemic. We entered 2020 with a newly developed strategy for the transformative decade ahead.

ClimateWorks submission to the Infrastructure Victoria draft 30-year infrastructure strategy

ClimateWorks supports Infrastructure Victoria’s recommendations that will strengthen the alignment of infrastructure planning, assessment, investment decisions and delivery with the Climate Change Act 2017, which includes a target of net zero emissions by 2050.


ClimateWorks Submission on the Climate Change 2020 Bills.

A Climate Change Act for Australia would create structure and transparency at the national level so that the nation can meet the goals of the Paris Agreement in an effective manner.


Net zero momentum tracker – resources sector

The Australian resources sector must rise to the challenge of the global net zero transition The Net Zero Momentum Tracker Resources Sector report, the seventh sector report in a series by ClimateWorks Australia with the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, analyses 22 of Australia’s biggest emitters within the resources sector.


Food and land use transitions: Securing a healthy and productive ocean

Producing more ocean-based protein from sustainable fishing and aquaculture is possible but depends upon protection and restoration of marine and estuarine ecosystems.


Building our future event series – Sustainable finance: Pathways, policy and trends

On Tuesday 8 December 2020 ClimateWorks and the British High Comission hosted a discussion on pathways to a robust and competitive sustainable finance sector in Australia.


Recover and reduce – Prudent investments to boost the economy and lower emissions

The COVID-19 pandemic is profoundly affecting all Australian jurisdictions and sectors. The economic fallout is ongoing, unresolved, and the full extent of the impacts are unknown.


Net zero momentum tracker – superannuation sector

Super sector moves on emissions, as funds commit to net zero Superannuation is an influential component of Australia’s economy and a significant and growing source of investment in domestic assets.


Food and land use transitions: Prioritising diversity and inclusion

Meaningfully contributing to overcoming systemic diversity and inclusion challenges in food and land use should be prioritised within each transition. Read about how Australia is progressing towards this transition.


Food and land use transitions: Promoting healthy diets

A shift towards more plant-rich diets could meet human health and nutritional needs while minimising environmental impacts. Read about how Australia is progressing towards this transition.


Food and land use transitions: Diversifying sources of protein

Expanding the range of protein sources could provide health benefits, free up land and water for other uses, and cut methane and greenhouse gas emissions, while opening up new economic opportunities.


Food and land use transitions: Building local loops and linkages

Circular local food economies can reduce environmental impacts, build resilience and improve security of fresh food by shortening supply chains and repurposing urban waste streams.


Food and land use transitions: Harnessing the digital revolution

Digital technologies and big data can support each of the other transitions through improved supply chain transparency and alignment to economic, social and environmental objectives.


Food and land use transitions: Reducing food loss and waste

Efficiency and optimisation, redistribution of excess food and repurposing of unavoidable food waste can reduce pressure on the climate, water and land resources, while delivering economic benefits.


ClimateWorks submission to NSW housing strategy discussion paper

Development of the Housing Strategy for NSW is timely. As NSW manages and emerges from coronavirus, policy makers now have the opportunity to invest in initiatives that create jobs, restart the economy and help meet the state’s Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020-2030 and net zero emissions by 2050 target.


Food and land use transitions: Strengthening and diversifying rural and regional livelihoods

Each transition must support stronger, more diverse and more resilient rural and regional livelihoods Read about how Australia is progressing towards this transition.


Food and land use transitions: Scaling productive and regenerative agriculture

Changing farming practices and technologies can improve profitability and resilience while reducing and reversing climate, environmental and other impacts. Read about how Australia is progressing towards this transition.


Food and land use transitions: Protecting and restoring nature

It is possible to both produce affordable, nutritious food and fibre while protecting and rehabilitating the ecosystems that underpin human health, livelihoods, food security and wellbeing.


The Briefing Room: Retrofit for purpose – net zero in the built environment

ClimateWorks’ Decarbonisation Futures sets an urgent challenge: energy performance of housing must improve, on average, by nearly fifty percent in the next decade for Australia to reach net zero emissions by 2050.


Submission to the Australian Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap Discussion Paper

ClimateWorks has made a submission to the Australian Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap Discussion Paper. ClimateWorks welcomes the paper’s recognition of the suite of solutions available to reduce Australian emissions.


Net zero momentum tracker – online

There has been no central place to track net zero emissions commitments in Australia, until now. Click to visit netzerotracker.org The Net Zero Momentum Tracker monitors Australia’s progress towards net zero emissions across key sectors of the economy.


The briefing room: Food and land use transitions

Globally, experts have identified ten critical transitions that can improve how we produce food and manage land. These include ways to cut emissions, enhance ecosystems, build regional communities’ resilience and protect food security.


The briefing room: Transport – moving to zero

New ClimateWorks research identifies the solutions available now to shift Australia’s transport network to net zero emissions. But the barriers are real.


Moving to zero

Australia’s first comprehensive guide to reaching zero emissions in the transport sector. Moving to zero: Accelerating the transition to zero-emissions transport is Australia’s first comprehensive guide to reaching zero emissions in the transportation sector.


Net zero momentum tracker – transport report

More actions are needed if Australia’s transportation sector is to cut emissions in line with global goals. The Net Zero Momentum Tracker Transport Sector report evaluates the climate commitments of 32 Australian transport operators and logistics companies to assess their alignment with the goal of net zero emissions by 2050, a key element of the Paris Climate Agreement.


The briefing room: Industry transitions

The positive outcomes for Australia’s economy in a shift towards zero emissions are well-canvassed. But what does this look like for heavy industry, in the context of the economic recovery?


The briefing room: The energy transition

Recent research from ClimateWorks and CSIRO shows that viable paths to zero emissions exist for all major economic sectors in Australia.  On 13 May 2020 as part of the ClimateWorks webinar series ‘the briefing room’, CEO Anna Skarbek joined CSIRO’s Chief Energy Economist Paul Graham and Morgan Stanley’s Rob Koh on the pathway to net zero energy.


The briefing room: Decarbonisation Futures

In April 2020 ClimateWorks Australia launched Decarbonisation Futures, which sets out detailed evidence of how major sectors of the Australian economy can move to net zero emissions and keep warming below 2 degrees, and even 1.5 degrees.


Net zero momentum tracker – retail report

Retailers are realising their important role in reducing Australia’s carbon emissions The latest Net Zero Momentum Tracker report assesses the emissions-reductions commitments and activities of 23 leading Australian retail companies.


Decarbonisation Futures: Solutions, actions and benchmarks for a net zero emissions Australia

ClimateWorks’ seminal report shows how technologies in each sector can achieve climate goals in Australia when rebuilding the economy to be resilient for the future.


Issues paper: Reshaping Infrastructure for a net zero emissions future

Infrastructure has a significant, lasting influence on Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Around 70% of Australia’s emissions are associated with infrastructure projects, according to the issues paper published in partnership by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA), ClimateWorks Australia and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC).


Net zero momentum tracker – local government report

Local governments are seizing the chance to lead on emissions reduction. The latest Net Zero Momentum Tracker report assesses the emissions-reductions commitments and activities of Australia’s 57 largest local governments.


Submission to the Government of Western Australia on Climate Change

In December 2019 ClimateWorks took the opportunity to respond to the Government of Western Australia’s Climate change in Western Australia Issues paper – September 2019.


Submission to consultation on Building energy efficiency in new commercial buildings in the Northern Territory

Improved energy performance of buildings presents a win-win-win opportunity. In January 2020 Climateworks was invited to provide input on the Northern Territory Government consultation into the adoption of minimum energy requirements for new commercial buildings.


Submission to the inquiry into electric buses in regional and metropolitan public transport networks in New South Wales

Electric buses can reduce costs, improve air quality and support local industries. In December 2019 ClimateWorks Australia was invited to make a submission to the New South Wales government inquiry into electric buses for regional and metropolitan public transport networks.


Net zero momentum tracker – banking sector report

Australian banks are taking steps towards net zero emissions, but actions are not yet comprehensive. Prepared by ClimateWorks with the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, the banking sector report is part of a series focusing on major sectors of the Australian economy as part of the Net Zero Momentum Tracker initiative.


Land use futures – natural capital roadmap

Our natural resources are an asset. ‘Natural capital’ positions our environment alongside other forms of economic management to inform decision making.


Net zero momentum tracker – property sector report

Australia’s property sector is building momentum towards net zero emissions. Sector-wide adoption of a net zero ambition is critical to achieving Paris-aligned targets.


Australian National Outlook

The year is 2060, and what does Australia look like? Have we harnessed social, economic and environmental opportunities? Or are we in a slow decline?


Australia’s land use

A web interactive exploring the different ways Australia’s land is used and managed. Australia’s land use forms part of the Land Use Futures program, which is working to develop integrated pathways and roadmaps for sustainable food and land use in Australia.


Electric vehicle ready local government fleets: increasing uptake and ambition

Transport is one of the fastest growing sources of emissions in Australia. Electric vehicles fuelled by renewable energy can drastically reduce the sector’s emissions.


Zeroing In: impact report 2017-18

In 2017-18, ClimateWorks zeroed in on the net zero goal, backed by funders, leaders and partners like you. This is your impact.


Built to Perform in northern Australia

New buildings in northern Australia present unique opportunities and challenges in reducing emissions. Differing climate, materials and practices make a region-specific pathway essential.


Decarbonisation futures: industry

Can we reduce emissions and grow our industrial sector by transforming the way we extract, make and supply goods? Decarbonisation Futures: Industry has found that there are innovations that can help reduce emissions while growing industry in Australia.


Decarbonisation Futures: buildings

Can innovation in buildings help shift our trajectory towards decarbonisation? The buildings sector is the driver of about a fifth of Australia’s emissions.


Tracking progress to net zero emissions

Australia is not on track to reach emissions reduction targets under the Paris Agreement. But opportunities exist in proven technologies across electricity, industry, buildings, land and transport.


Built to perform

To reach our climate goals, we must start building for a net zero future now. In July 2018, the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) and ClimateWorks Australia released Built to Perform as part of the Building Code Energy Performance Project.


The state of electric vehicles in Australia – second report

Australia’s electric vehicle industry is growing on the back of global trends, media interest and consumer awareness. But it still lags behind the rest of the world.


Plug and play – second report

Going forward, Australia’s electricity network may be less reliant on large, centralised electricity generation. More individuals and businesses are installing renewable generation of their own.


ClimateWorks review of Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Act

The Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Act and the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program, deliver harmonised efficiency standards and labelling for equipment and appliances.


The bottom line

Delaying improved energy requirements in the Building Code has real household impacts. The National Construction Code influences the energy efficiency of new buildings and major renovations.


The future of private transport in Australia

How can we move people and goods in the most efficient, safe and sustainable way? Private transport is transforming rapidly as electric and autonomous vehicles, car and ride share services disrupt the status quo.


Solving the gas crisis: A big problem deserves a big solution

Australia is facing a gas crisis due to a mismatch between domestic supply and demand in the east coast market, driven by rapid growth in the LNG export market and the absence of a comprehensive national energy policy.


Building momentum: impact report 2016-17

In 2016-17, ClimateWorks built momentum towards net zero by 2050, through collaborative projects and solo initiatives. 2016-17 was a year of growth across government and industry in recognising and prioritising our Paris Agreement commitments.


Joint submission to the ministerial forum on vehicle emissions: proposed fuel efficiency standard for light vehicles

Improving light vehicle fuel efficiency can help Australia deliver on our international commitments, improve air quality, health outcomes and deliver financial savings.


Building code energy performance trajectory project – issues paper

Energy requirements for new construction in building codes are key to reaching energy and emissions goals. In 2017 ClimateWorks Australia partnered with the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) to develop an industry-led pathway for energy requirements within the National Construction Code (NCC).


Power up: Australia’s electricity sector can and should do more to deliver on our climate commitments

The electricity sector can deliver emissions reductions across Australia’s economy, ensuring we meet our Paris commitments at the lowest cost possible.


The state of electric vehicles in Australia

Electric vehicles are a proven technology with strong environmental, economic and social benefits. Electric vehicles powered by renewable energy can reduce emissions and could help Australia meet its Paris-aligned targets at a lower cost.


Submission to the review of Australia’s climate change policies

Australia should set a long term goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. Australia has committed to the Paris Agreement which sets out collective global action to avoid dangerous climate change.


Plug and play: Facilitating grid connection of low emissions technologies – Consultation summary paper

A major transformation in the structure of Australia’s electricity sector is taking shape. Australia must do its fair share in the global effort against climate change.


Could boosting energy productivity improve your investment performance? A guide for investors

A tool to encourage investors and companies to engage with energy-related issues. The guide is to be used alongside a dedicated website where investors will find detailed energy productivity findings by industrial sector and by company.


Low carbon high performance buildings

How buildings can make a major contribution to Australia’s emissions and productivity goals Australia’s built environment presents a cost-effective emissions reduction opportunity.


Towards fuel efficient, lower emission light vehicles: Submission to the vehicle emissions discussion paper

The transport sector is one of the fastest growing sources of emissions within Australia, increasing by 47.5% since 1990. It also represents one of the most financially attractive emission reduction opportunities across the Australian economy.


The path forward for electric vehicles in Australia – Joint submission to the Federal Government vehicle emissions discussion paper

‘The path forward for electric vehicles in Australia’ has been prepared by a collaboration of industry representatives from the Electric Vehicle ecosystem, to explore the role of electric vehicles in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality and achieving improvements in energy productivity.


Improving the fuel efficiency of the Victorian Government’s passenger vehicle fleet

ClimateWorks has identified clear improvement opportunities for fuel efficiency of the Victorian Government’s passenger vehicle fleet. This report provides an overview of the current fuel efficiency of the Victorian Government’s passenger vehicle fleet and considers a range of potential short and long term options to overcome key barriers to achieve improvements.


A prosperous, net zero pollution Australia starts today

Australia has an opportunity. We can do our fair share, helping to keep global warming below two degrees, while creating a cleaner, modern, and more sustainable future.


Australia’s energy productivity potential

Australia could nearly double energy productivity by 2030, and boost competitiveness with other countries. ClimateWorks’ research shows that the potential exists to nearly double the energy productivity of the Australian economy by 2030, through investing in the modernisation of our energy system, and taking advantage of recent technological developments.


Energy management and company competitiveness

Energy, once perceived as a relatively low fixed cost, is now becoming an important variable cost that impacts on profits. This report outlines a methodology to assist companies to gain a deeper understanding of energy risks and the opportunities associated with improved energy performance.


Pathways to deep decarbonisation in 2050: how Australia can prosper in a low carbon world

Australia can prosper in a low carbon world. Cost-effective technologies already exist to reach net zero emissions by mid-century. In 2014, as part of the global 2050 Deep Decarbonisation Pathways Project, Climateworks and the Australian National University published ‘Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation by 2050: How Australia can prosper in a low carbon world’.


Improving Australia’s light vehicle fuel efficiency

Improving the fuel efficiency of Australia’s light vehicle fleet can deliver substantial environmental and broader economic benefits. This briefing paper builds on the significant amount of work already undertaken on this issue over the past decade by government, industry, consumer groups and others.


Industrial demand side response potential

This report was commissioned by the federal government as a first step in improving public information on demand response potential in the industrial sector.


Tracking progress towards a low carbon economy

‘Tracking progress’ is the first whole-of-economy report on Australia’s progress in reducing emissions. The report covers key sectors – power, industry, buildings, land use, and waste.


Industrial energy efficiency data analysis project (IEEDA)

This series investigates the energy efficiency opportunities available to medium to large industrial energy users. In 2012, ClimateWorks published the Inputs to the energy savings initiative modelling from the Industrial energy efficiency data analysis project and a summary report Industrial energy efficiency: summary of key findings from the ESI data analysis project.


IEEDA – summary of key findings from the ESI Project

Extensive analysis has created a significantly more detailed picture of energy efficiency opportunities in the industrial sector than was previously available.


Low carbon lifestyles: A practical guide for households

Householders can save money on their electricity bill while reducing their impact on the environment. The Low Carbon Lifestyles report, commissioned by Origin Energy and prepared by ClimateWorks and CSIRO, identifies different actions householders can take right now to reduce their energy use or switch to cleaner energy.


IEEDA – inputs to the ESI modelling

The ‘Industrial energy efficiency data analysis (IEEDA)’ project was commissioned by the federal government and state governments through the National Strategy on Energy Efficiency.


Low carbon growth plan for Gippsland

The low carbon growth plan for Gippsland maps out the lowest cost emissions reductions opportunities for the Gippsland region in south-east Victoria.


Unlocking barriers to cogeneration – project outcomes report

Increasingly, Australian property developers and owners are seeking to incorporate cogeneration into their existing buildings and new developments. Cogeneration (combined heat and power) and trigeneration (combined cooling, heat and power) offer Australia significant environmental and economic benefits in the short and long term.


Low carbon growth plan for Greater Geelong

Greater Geelong is a city of contrasts, spanning a beautiful coastal environment, a thriving urban centre and the natural beauty of regional lakes, hills and plains.


Commercial buildings emissions reduction opportunities

There is more to commercial buildings than offices. Some promising solutions to commercial buildings emissions reduction are already in place on a small scale in Australia.


Low carbon growth plan for Australia

The low carbon growth plan is the first economy-wide emissions reduction strategy developed for Australia. It clearly identifies that Australia can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions between now and 2020 at low cost.