Non-state governance and climate policy: the fossil fuel divestment movement – Climate Policy

ABSTRACT This article charts the evolution of the divestment movement, a transnational advocacy network that uses a range of strategies to shame, pressure, facilitate, and encourage investors in general, and large institutional investors in particular, to relinquish their holdings of fossil fuel stocks in favour of climate-friendly alternatives. It describes the movement’s central characteristics and … [Read More] Non-state governance and climate policy: the fossil fuel divestment movement – Climate Policy

Green public housing fights sick building syndrome – The Fifth Estate

Extract Creating sustainable public housing has obvious environmental benefits, though researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health have uncovered strong evidence that it also reduces “sick building syndrome”. The research, published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that asthma outcomes – hospitalisations, attacks and missed school days – for children in green … [Read More] Green public housing fights sick building syndrome – The Fifth Estate

VET makes the world wealthier, fairer and environmentally sustainable – The VET Blog

Extract from a post on the VET Blog UNESCO takes responsibility for the United Nations’ work on education, science and culture. Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) figures prominently in UNESCO’s work, as can be seen from the organisation’s Education Strategy 2014-2021. Earlier this year UNESCO released Unleashing the potential: Transforming Technical and Vocational … [Read More] VET makes the world wealthier, fairer and environmentally sustainable – The VET Blog

Melbourne to create new resilient cities chair – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Annie Kane The University of Melbourne and City of Melbourne have announced they will jointly establish a chair of resilient cities to “strengthen Melbourne’s resilience in the face of sustainability challenges, including global warming”. Although the position is being jointly funded by the two bodies, the chair in resilient cities … [Read More] Melbourne to create new resilient cities chair – The Fifth Estate

Australian Climate Change Policy – Where To From Here? Economic Papers

ABSTRACT Over the past decade, Australia’s approach to climate change policy could be described as erratic. In 2007, both major political parties announced support for a domestic emissions trading scheme (ETS) but bipartisan agreement evaporated in 2009. An ETS was established in 2011 but then repealed in 2014. The Commonwealth Government has subsequently introduced a … [Read More] Australian Climate Change Policy – Where To From Here? Economic Papers

How’s Life in Australia? OECD Better Life iniative

Extract In general, Australia performs well across the different well-being dimensions. Average household disposable income per capita and average earnings are among the highest in the OECD. Compared to the average OECD citizen, the average Australian enjoys good housing conditions and high air and water quality. 85.4% of Australian adults perceive their health as good … [Read More] How’s Life in Australia? OECD Better Life iniative

Guided group purchases of energy renovation services and works in deprived urban neighbourhoods – Energy Efficiency

ABSTRACT The energy retrofitting of housings is progressing very slowly in Wallonia (Belgium) despite individual fiscal measures and subsidies offered by public authorities to support households engaging in this process. This paper explores the use of a method called ‘guided group purchases’ (GPPs), i.e. an approach combining support, guidance and group purchasing of energy renovation … [Read More] Guided group purchases of energy renovation services and works in deprived urban neighbourhoods – Energy Efficiency

Storage can replace gas in our electricity networks and boost renewables – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Dylan McConnell Energy storage could replace peak gas in our electricity network. That’s the finding of a study that my colleagues and I recently published in the Journal of Applied Energy. Energy storage is often considered the holy grail of the electricity sector. Tesla’s Powerwall home battery system, for instance, allows … [Read More] Storage can replace gas in our electricity networks and boost renewables – The Conversation

The boarding house boom and an investment opportunity – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Cameron Jewell Tone Wheeler has been working on a range of boarding house projects across Sydney, developments that not only incorporate his practice Environa Studio’s sustainability nous, but which also herald the arrival of an exciting new asset class that is earning many self-funded retirees yields of 8-9 per cent. … [Read More] The boarding house boom and an investment opportunity – The Fifth Estate

Energy efficiency investments in the context of split incentives among French households – Energy Policy

ABSTRACT The residential sector offers considerable potential for reducing energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, particularly through energy-efficient renovations. The objective of this study is twofold. First, I aim to provide initial empirical evidence of the extent to which split incentives between landlords and tenants may lead to underinvestment. Second, I investigate the influence … [Read More] Energy efficiency investments in the context of split incentives among French households – Energy Policy

Australia a big black-spot for global growth of renewable energy – Renew Economy

Extract from an article by Giles Parkinson Despite all the Coalition government rhetoric about its support for renewable energy and its proposed “doubling” of installations over the next 5 years, Australia has emerged as one of the principal black spots in the latest global report on renewable energy. The Medium Term Renewables Market Report released … [Read More] Australia a big black-spot for global growth of renewable energy – Renew Economy

Power to change: Analysis of household participation in a renewable energy and energy efficiency programme in Central Australia – Energy Policy

ABSTRACT The Australian government funded a national Solar City program (2008–2013) to support communities to increase adoption of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy technology. One community was Alice Springs, a town with about 9000 households in the geographic centre of Australia. The programme offered a package of support: free energy audits, discounts for the … [Read More] Power to change: Analysis of household participation in a renewable energy and energy efficiency programme in Central Australia – Energy Policy

Australian clean energy jobs could be worth $370bn in 10 years – Renew Energy

Extract from an article by Sophie Vorrath Australia’s renewable energy industry could generate $370 billion worth of jobs over the next 10 years using current technology, a new report has found. The report, released on Tuesday by Beyond Zero Emissions, aims to illustrate how Australia can transition from coal-fired power to renewables, shifting the economy along … [Read More] Australian clean energy jobs could be worth $370bn in 10 years – Renew Energy

Economic impacts of climate change: New evidence – VoxEU.org

The international climate negotiations have moved away from targets such as keeping warming below 2°C in favour of more realistic goals. This column presents new evidence on the economic impacts of climate change. The initial impacts of climate change on welfare might be positive, but in the long run the negative effects dominate, and will … [Read More] Economic impacts of climate change: New evidence – VoxEU.org

Smart meters, dumb policy: the Victorian experience – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Stephen King Smart electricity meters are a great idea. They offer opportunities for consumers and electricity retailers to develop innovative programs to save both power and money. Tied into smart appliances and the internet, smart meters are the way of the future. Except in Victoria. Unfortunately, in 2006 the Victorian government … [Read More] Smart meters, dumb policy: the Victorian experience – The Conversation

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