UK has lower energy bills but rising fuel poverty. Why? The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by David Thorpe Average fuel bills have fallen and investing in energy efficiency does not need to push up energy bills according to new research from the UK’s  Committee on Climate Change (CCC). Yet a recent debate in the Houses of Parliament on fuel poverty shows that ministers still lack the necessary political … [Read More] UK has lower energy bills but rising fuel poverty. Why? The Fifth Estate

Price shock: Is the retail electricity market failing consumers? Grattan Institute

Extract from an article by Tony Wood and David Blowers Competition in electricity retailing has failed to deliver lower prices for consumers, and governments will need to step in and re-regulate prices if the industry does not lift its game. Prices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide have almost doubled over the past decade. In Victoria, … [Read More] Price shock: Is the retail electricity market failing consumers? Grattan Institute

The world’s energy is getting cleaner (and cheaper)—but not quickly enough – Brookings

Extract from an article by David Victor Editor’s Note:The problem of global warming is a problem of global emissions, writes David Victor, and understanding what works and how international policy coordination can help bend emissions curves will be the central challenge for policymakers. With U.S. leadership, the Paris agreement could evolve further to become more effective. … [Read More] The world’s energy is getting cleaner (and cheaper)—but not quickly enough – Brookings

Measures of poverty and well-being still ignore the environment – this must change – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Judith Schleicher and Bhaskar Vira Without nature, humans could be neither healthy nor happy. And yet the natural world can be completely ransacked without causing even a tiny blip on our usual measures of economic progress or poverty. A major UN environmental meeting recently looked at launching an assessment of the different … [Read More] Measures of poverty and well-being still ignore the environment – this must change – The Conversation

Does ‘Green Energy’ Have Hidden Health and Environmental Costs? – The Conversation

Extract from an artilce by Edgar Hertwich, Professor of Industrial Ecology, Yale University There are a number of available low-carbon technologies to generate electricity. But are they really better than fossil fuels and nuclear power? To answer that question, one needs to compare not just the emissions of different power sources but also the health … [Read More] Does ‘Green Energy’ Have Hidden Health and Environmental Costs? – The Conversation

Carbon Sequestration: Why & how? – Future Directions International

Extract from an artilce by Christopher Johns, Research Manager, Northern Australia and Land Care Research Programme Key Points To achieve the global warming targets set by the Paris climate change conference it may be necessary to actively remove and store greenhouse gas currently in the atmosphere. The capture and storage of carbon will be key to … [Read More] Carbon Sequestration: Why & how? – Future Directions International

‘Old Energy Interests’ and Politics Hit Energy Transition: Garnaut – ABC Radio National

Extract from an interview: Fran Kelly and Ross Garnaut Over the past decade, one of the most difficult and fractured policy areas has been climate change, energy security and power prices. Just before the 2007 election, former Liberal Prime John Howard belatedly embraced a price on carbon and emissions trading and in 2009 Malcolm Turnbull … [Read More] ‘Old Energy Interests’ and Politics Hit Energy Transition: Garnaut – ABC Radio National

Reviewing, Reforming, and Rethinking Global Energy Subsidies: Towards a political economy research agenda – Ecological Economics

ABSTRACT This article provides a review of global energy subsidies—of definitions and estimation techniques, their type and scope, their drawbacks, and effective ways to reform them. Based on an assessment of both policy reports and peer-reviewed studies, this article presents evidence that energy subsidies could reach into the trillions of dollars each year. It also … [Read More] Reviewing, Reforming, and Rethinking Global Energy Subsidies: Towards a political economy research agenda – Ecological Economics

State of the environment shows gains made but much work still to do – Minister for the Environment and Energy

Media Release The Australian Government has today tabled the fifth edition of Australia’s State of the Environment Report which shows we have made significant gains in improving our environment, but there is still work to do. The report has been compiled by leading scientists across the built environment, biodiversity, land and marine fields and has … [Read More] State of the environment shows gains made but much work still to do – Minister for the Environment and Energy

The case for renationalising Australia’s electricity grid – The Conversation

Extract from an article by John Quiggin The public debate over the problems of electricity supply displays a curious disconnect. On the one hand, there is virtually universal agreement that the system is in crisis. After 25 years, the promised outcomes of reform – cheaper and more reliable electricity, competitive markets and rational investment decisions – … [Read More] The case for renationalising Australia’s electricity grid – The Conversation

Wind, solar to fill grid services as incumbents cash in while they can – Renew Economy

Extract from an article by Giles Parkinson  Wind farms and new solar parks in Australia are expected to take an increasingly prominent role in providing stability services as well as energy to Australia’s electricity grid, but it appears that the incumbent generators are not going to give up without a fight, or at least an opportunity … [Read More] Wind, solar to fill grid services as incumbents cash in while they can – Renew Economy

Australia becomes more energy efficient – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Media Release Australian households became more energy efficient in 2014-15, according to the latest edition of the annual Energy Account released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). “Despite a small increase in energy use, Australian households are becoming more efficient in their use of energy”, said Lauren Binns from the ABS’ Environment and Agriculture … [Read More] Australia becomes more energy efficient – Australian Bureau of Statistics

The Future of Energy: As business commitments to renewable energy increase, so must the sector’s respect for human rights – Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Extract from an article by Jim McClelland, Times (UK) Much has happened since 195 countries adopted the first universal, legally binding climate deal to limit global warming below 2C, as signatories to the COP21 Paris Agreement, 2015… There is resilience to this shared vision for renewables and upwards trajectory, despite Brexit and President Trump, observes … [Read More] The Future of Energy: As business commitments to renewable energy increase, so must the sector’s respect for human rights – Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Female consumers as agents of change for transforming the environmental sustainability landscape – International Journal of Consumer Studies

ABSTRACT Faith in others (governments and businesses) can be seen as society’s predisposition to handle environmental problems. The paper examines whether women, who undertake a large majority of household purchases, can influence change in consumption practices so as to contribute to sustainability initiatives. Understanding women’s character in this manner is informative, it helps us to … [Read More] Female consumers as agents of change for transforming the environmental sustainability landscape – International Journal of Consumer Studies

English government ramps up energy performance requirements of private rental sector (UK) – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by David Thorpe  Non-residential landlords in England and Wales will soon have to make their properties meet minimum standards. They can apply for an exemption – but are the arbitrators of these appeals properly qualified? New guidelines issued by the English government state that from April 2018 private non-domestic landlords must ensure … [Read More] English government ramps up energy performance requirements of private rental sector (UK) – The Fifth Estate

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