How the structure of the Australian housing development industry influences climate change adaptation – Housing Studies

ABSTRACT The separation of Australian housing production from its consumption has long-term consequences for sustainability in the built environment, and for anticipatory adaptation to climate change. This article investigates how the institutional structure of the Australian private housing development industry influences its risk profile and its ability to innovate, particularly in the type of housing … [Read More] How the structure of the Australian housing development industry influences climate change adaptation – Housing Studies

We’ve built an entire house in a lab to dispel common energy efficiency myths (UK) – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Richard Fitton What does making a house “energy efficient” actually mean? We know it’s important: homes account for around a quarter of total energy consumption, and most of this is used for heating and hot water. So anything you can do to reduce usage will help your bottom line. Efficiency programmes … [Read More] We’ve built an entire house in a lab to dispel common energy efficiency myths (UK) – The Conversation

Renewable energy jobs fall by 27% in four years – The Guardian

Extract from an article by  Michael Slezak Latest ABS figures show job decline in renewable energy industry, with consumer groups blaming government for the loss of 5,100 full-time jobs More than a quarter of the jobs in the renewable energy industry have disappeared since 2011, with a continued decline in the latest figures released by … [Read More] Renewable energy jobs fall by 27% in four years – The Guardian

The 2015 Global Climate Legislation Study: a review of climate change legislation in 99 countries – Grantham Research Institute

ABSTRACT This report summarises the main insights from the 2015 Global Climate Legislation Study. It is the fifth edition in a series dating back to 2010 (Townshend et al., 2011). The 2015 edition covers 98 countries plus the EU, up from 66 in 2014, which together account for 93 per cent of global greenhouse gas … [Read More] The 2015 Global Climate Legislation Study: a review of climate change legislation in 99 countries – Grantham Research Institute

Tomorrow’s Digitally Enabled Workforce – CSIRO

Executive summary – Extract This report examines plausible futures for jobs and employment markets in Australia over the coming twenty years. The narrative of the future is based on a structured process of strategic foresight which identifies megatrends and scenarios. While digital technology disruption is an important driver, the report covers a comprehensive range of … [Read More] Tomorrow’s Digitally Enabled Workforce – CSIRO

Saving energy is not easy: An impact assessment of Dutch policy to reduce the energy requirements of buildings – Energy Policy

ABSTRACT The Dutch Government stimulates the application of energy efficiency measures to reduce the energy requirements of buildings, which are responsible for about 20% of the Dutch CO2 emissions. For our assessment, we followed a qualitative approach, due to a lack of data. We reviewed the mix of policy instruments and used stakeholder surveys and … [Read More] Saving energy is not easy: An impact assessment of Dutch policy to reduce the energy requirements of buildings – Energy Policy

An environmentally just city works best for all in the end – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Anitra Nelson, Associate Professor, Centre for Urban Research (GUSS, RMIT) Melbourne’s population is expected to almost double by mid-century, overtaking Sydney as Australia’s biggest city. But all states are growing and the increases are concentrated in the capital cities. Along with adaptation, developing resilience and decarbonising buildings and other infrastructure – … [Read More] An environmentally just city works best for all in the end – The Conversation

Energy markets: the planet’s unlikely new ally in the emissions effort – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Matt McDonald In the aftermath of Paris climate talks, analysts lined up to point out why the celebrated agreement was simply not good enough. Certainly, the scale of the climate crisis requires urgent emissions reductions, which Paris did not secure at anything like the necessary scale. Questions also remain over the … [Read More] Energy markets: the planet’s unlikely new ally in the emissions effort – The Conversation

2016 to be game-changer for power and utilities sector in Australia – EY

Media Release Technology and empowered consumers shaping trends Investment in renewable energy in Australia to surge; renewables accounted for 50% of global deal value in 2015 Government asset sales again set to dominate deal value A surge in renewable energy investment, empowered consumers and further NSW asset sales will shape what is expected to be … [Read More] 2016 to be game-changer for power and utilities sector in Australia – EY

Adapt or perish: 2016 a game-changer for electricity market – Renew Economy

Extract from an article by Sophie Vorrath Australia’s electricity generation and distribution sector is at a major crossroads, according to a new report by Ernst & Young, with 2016 promising to be a “game-changer”, driven by a surge in investor interest in renewables and the growing uptake of disruptive energy technologies like battery storage. The … [Read More] Adapt or perish: 2016 a game-changer for electricity market – Renew Economy

The World’s Most Energy Efficient Countries – The Energy Collective

Extract from an article by Tom Schueneman There is a sense of excitement in the wake of a momentous Paris Climate Agreement and adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals last year. The “energy revolution” is already underway, the consequences of which are far-reaching, transforming the way we do business, build our homes and live our lives. But there’s … [Read More] The World’s Most Energy Efficient Countries – The Energy Collective

Energy star ratings for homes? Good idea, but it needs some real estate flair – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Stephen White If you’ve ever bought a home you’ll know the feeling of deciphering real estate advertising spin. But those advertisements traditionally don’t tell you about how much it will cost to heat, cool and power your home. The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) last month called for a … [Read More] Energy star ratings for homes? Good idea, but it needs some real estate flair – The Conversation

More than one way to measure fuel poverty – Brotherhood of St Laurence

As energy prices in Australia have risen, so has concern about the impact on people’s wellbeing. This Brotherhood of St Laurence study considers how to define and measure the extent of fuel poverty in Australia, comparing results based on income–energy expenditure with results based on households’ self-reported ability to heat their homes or pay their energy … [Read More] More than one way to measure fuel poverty – Brotherhood of St Laurence

UK gas and electricity: What to do with a market in which consumers ignore the cheapest prices? – The Economist

Extract from an article from The Economist IN JANUARY the “big six” energy companies, which dominate the retail markets in gas and electricity, began their winter ritual of lowering prices. E.ON kicked off, cutting its standard gas tariff by 5.1%; Npower, SSE and Scottish Power then made similar reductions. On February 11th British Gas, owned … [Read More] UK gas and electricity: What to do with a market in which consumers ignore the cheapest prices? – The Economist

Will Victorians opt in to a new flexible electricity pricing model? Clear communcation by power suppliers could make or break the pricing reform – Choice

Extract from an article by Andy Kollmorgen Peak hour energy will cost more under proposed new pricing plan Flexible electricity pricing will be available to consumers in Victoria next year, but whether households take it up will be a matter of choice. Under the new pricing arrangements, consumers will pay more for electricity delivered during peak … [Read More] Will Victorians opt in to a new flexible electricity pricing model? Clear communcation by power suppliers could make or break the pricing reform – Choice

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