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

Employment in Renewable Energy Activities, Australia, 2015-16 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

MEDIA RELEASE:  Employment in renewable energy down 16% in 2015-16, 17 March 2017 Employment in renewable energy activity fell 16 per cent between 2014-15 and 2015-16, continuing a decline in renewable energy employment since 2011-12, according to an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) publication released today. ABS Program Manager of Environment and Agricultural Statistics, Lisa Wardlaw-Kelly, … [Read More] Employment in Renewable Energy Activities, Australia, 2015-16 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

‘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

A common language for energy efficiency could encourage investment – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by David Thorpe A US initiative has been launched to standardise data on energy efficiency in buildings so that investors, building owners and developers can amalgamate, share and analyse data in a common format. What’s more, its adoption is being made easy and free. The purpose of developing a common language is … [Read More] A common language for energy efficiency could encourage investment – The Fifth Estate

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

Massive support for net zero emissions and climate action in Victoria – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Cameron Jewell Eight out of 10 Victorians support their government’s renewable energy and net zero emissions targets, new polling commissioned by state government agency Sustainability Victoria has found. The survey of 3300 Victorians, which was undertaken by Wallis Research, also found that 93 per cent of people want the government to … [Read More] Massive support for net zero emissions and climate action in Victoria – The Fifth Estate

Australia can be Asia energy capital, with 50% renewables by 2030 – RenewEconomy

Extract from  the full text of a speech scheduled  delivered by Opposition leader Bill Shorten at a Bloomberg event in Sydney on Thursday 23rd Feb 2017  Last month, around Australia, more than 400 weather records were broken. Towns and suburbs in New South Wales and Queensland set records for days over 35 and days over 40. The … [Read More] Australia can be Asia energy capital, with 50% renewables by 2030 – RenewEconomy

Call for papers – Special issue on “Low-carbon energy systems and energy justice” – Applied Energy

Extract The goal of sustainable low carbon energy systems requires a nuanced understanding of social justice concerns. Energy systems are understood broadly as multiple interconnected processes of generation and consumption. These include all components related to production, conversion, delivery, and use of energy. The current energy transition calls for a rethinking of ethical dilemmas on … [Read More] Call for papers – Special issue on “Low-carbon energy systems and energy justice” – Applied Energy

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