How does the Renewable Energy Target affect your power bills? The Conversation

Extract from an article by Dylan McConnell

The review of the Renewable Energy Target is due to be handed to the federal government any day now, yet amazingly there are still conflicts over whether the policy makes electricity more or less expensive.

Amid claims that the target raises power prices, most people will want to . . . → Read More: How does the Renewable Energy Target affect your power bills? The Conversation

Tariff switching among older energy consumers – Consumers’ Federation of Australia

Extract

In a deregulated energy retail market, switching to a cheaper energy offer is one important way for consumers to save money on energy bills. This is, however, difficult in a complex market where most consumers struggle with the confusing array of tariff options. For low income and disadvantaged consumers the task can be much . . . → Read More: Tariff switching among older energy consumers – Consumers’ Federation of Australia

Melbourne’s apartment towers reach for the sky in a race to the bottom – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Willow Aliento

In three months alone 49 residential towers were approved in the Melbourne CBD. But why is the Victorian state government, which controls approval for the biggest towers, ignoring the City of Melbourne’s Green Star minimum standards? Especially when so much can be done to make these tall buildings . . . → Read More: Melbourne’s apartment towers reach for the sky in a race to the bottom – The Fifth Estate

Energy saving obligations—cutting the Gordian Knot of leverage? Energy Efficiency

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Better leverage of public funding is essential in order to trigger the investment needed for energy efficiency. In times of austerity governments increasingly look at policy instruments not funded by public expenditure and energy saving obligations represent one option. Because energy saving obligations are paid for by all energy customers, the degree to which . . . → Read More: Energy saving obligations—cutting the Gordian Knot of leverage? Energy Efficiency

Integrated regional vulnerability assessment of government services to climate change – International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management

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Purpose – This paper describes the conduct and outcomes of an Integrated Assessment of the vulnerability to climate change of government service provision at regional scale in New South Wales, Australia. The assessment was co-designed with regional public sector managers to address their needs for an improved understanding of regional vulnerabilities to climate change . . . → Read More: Integrated regional vulnerability assessment of government services to climate change – International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management

Planning adaptation based on local actors’ knowledge and participation – Climate Policy

ABSTRACT

Involving a wide-range of stakeholders at different moments in the planning of urban adaptation to climate change can help to overcome different barriers to adaptation, such as a lack of common perception, or control over options. This Article argues for an approach that involves a wide range of actors throughout the planning process in . . . → Read More: Planning adaptation based on local actors’ knowledge and participation – Climate Policy

Planning adaptation based on local actors’ knowledge and participation: a climate governance experiment – Climate Policy

ABSTRACT

Involving a wide-range of stakeholders at different moments in the planning of urban adaptation to climate change can help to overcome different barriers to adaptation, such as a lack of common perception, or control over options. This Article argues for an approach that involves a wide range of actors throughout the planning process in . . . → Read More: Planning adaptation based on local actors’ knowledge and participation: a climate governance experiment – Climate Policy

Triggering transformative change: a development path approach to climate change response in communities – Climate Policy

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While climate change action plans are becoming more common, it is still unclear whether communities have the capacity, tools, and targets in place to trigger the transformative levels of change required to build fundamentally low-carbon, resilient, healthy communities. Evidence increasingly supports the finding that this transformation is not triggered by climate policy alone, but . . . → Read More: Triggering transformative change: a development path approach to climate change response in communities – Climate Policy

Do weather fluctuations cause people to seek information about climate change? Climatic Change

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Learning about the causes and consequences of climate change can be an important avenue for supporting mitigation policy and efficient adaptation. This paper uses internet search activity data, a distinctly revealed preference approach, to examine if local weather fluctuations cause people to seek information about climate change. The results suggest that weather fluctuations do . . . → Read More: Do weather fluctuations cause people to seek information about climate change? Climatic Change

Dimensions of energy efficiency in a political context – Energy Efficiency

ABSTRACT

Energy efficiency is widely accepted as a simple and cost-effective way to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. It is accordingly a corner stone of European energy and climate policies. However, in formulation of explicit political energy efficiency goals as well as in monitoring these targets, discussions arise both concerning the concrete definition . . . → Read More: Dimensions of energy efficiency in a political context – Energy Efficiency

Sustainability of urban housing in Europe – European Planning Studies

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This paper examines the sustainability of urban housing in the European Union. It outlines a number of key criteria for assessing the sustainability of urban housing including mixed-use developments, higher residential densities, high-quality dwellings and neighbourhoods, affordability and food production. Utilizing the 2007 tranche of the European Quality of Life Survey, it finds significant . . . → Read More: Sustainability of urban housing in Europe – European Planning Studies

Effectiveness Review of Party Climate Policies: July 2014 Policy Brief – The Climate Institute

SUMMARY

All major political parties in Australia recognise that the nation needs strong and effective climate change policies to reduce emissions. There is also bipartisan support for the globally agreed goal to limit global temperature increases to less than 2oC above pre-industrial levels. For Australia to play its fair part in global action, our emissions . . . → Read More: Effectiveness Review of Party Climate Policies: July 2014 Policy Brief – The Climate Institute

Solar key to building a more sustainable and resilient Australia – Renew Economy

Extract from an article by Jenny Lu

Continued measures and institutional support for solar power will help mitigate destructive climate-related forces which leave energy supplies vulnerable to unpredictable disasters. Suntech’s experience highlights solar’s ability to serve as an infrastructure for energy resilience while driving its expansion through sustainable measures.

With rising populations worldwide and the . . . → Read More: Solar key to building a more sustainable and resilient Australia – Renew Economy

New Study Adds Up the Benefits of Climate-Smart Development in Lives, Jobs, and GDP – The World Bank

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With careful design, the same development projects that improve communities, save lives, and increase GDP can also fight climate change. A new study examines the multiple benefits for a series of policy scenarios addressing transportation and energy efficiency in buildings and industry in five countries and the European Union. It provides concrete data . . . → Read More: New Study Adds Up the Benefits of Climate-Smart Development in Lives, Jobs, and GDP – The World Bank

Changing demand: flexibility of energy practices in households with children – RMIT University

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Starting a family is a major change in most people’s lives. It is a time of changing priorities and household routines. Larger households with children face ongoing pressures and competing demands on their time as children go through different stages of development. These ongoing changes and dynamics have important implications for families’ ability . . . → Read More: Changing demand: flexibility of energy practices in households with children – RMIT University

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