How to make better mistakes in public policy: Learn from the negative results just as much as the positive ones – LSE Impact of Social Sciences

Extract from an article by  Kevin Arceneaux and Daniel Butler We all make mistakes, a tendency which also extends to those who work in public policy. But we often only hear about successes. Bucking this trend, Kevin Arceneaux and Daniel Butler describe a recent pilot program aimed at boosting civic engagement. Rather than increasing the … [Read More] How to make better mistakes in public policy: Learn from the negative results just as much as the positive ones – LSE Impact of Social Sciences

Building a national strategy for climate, health and wellbeing – Centre for Policy Development (CPD)

Extract In June the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) published a new discussion paper Towards a National Strategy on Climate, Health, and Well-being for Australia. CPD fellow Fiona Armstrong is the founder and Executive Director of CAHA and a co-author of the discussion paper. The paper cites strong empirical evidence that climate change poses significant immediate and long term impacts … [Read More] Building a national strategy for climate, health and wellbeing – Centre for Policy Development (CPD)

IOM Publications e-alert – International Organization for Migration

Extract from e-newsletter   Fatal Journeys Volume 2: Identification and tracing of dead and missing migrants Over 5,400 people are estimated to have lost their lives on migratory routes around the world in 2015, and the first half of 2016 has only seen the numbers increase. The Mediterranean alone witnessed a record number of at … [Read More] IOM Publications e-alert – International Organization for Migration

Failed energy regulation means we will pay more – Renew Economy

Extract from an article by Gerard Brody from the Consumer Action Law Centre Energy regulation is broken, and consumers will be paying more for electricity and gas in years to come.In the 1990s, Victoria’s energy market was broken up into monopoly businesses, networks that own the poles and wires, and businesses that operated competitively, the … [Read More] Failed energy regulation means we will pay more – Renew Economy

Energy incumbents fight changes that could accelerate battery storage – Renew Economy

Extract from an article by Giles Parkinson Most of Australia’s incumbent electricity generators have decided to fight a proposed rule change that could help reduce wholesale electricity costs and pave the way for more battery storage, but may also force out some gas-fired peaking plant from the energy system. The proposal, launched by a major smelting business Sun … [Read More] Energy incumbents fight changes that could accelerate battery storage – Renew Economy

Electricity bills are soaring, and that must be good for solar – Renew Economy

Extract from an article by Nigel Morris Ouch. My electricity price just increased by a whopping 23.8 per cent. Being a NSW residential consumer, I had been lead to believe that prices were going to be flat or at worst increasing only slightly (1.5%), so what on earth is going on? The backstory behind this … [Read More] Electricity bills are soaring, and that must be good for solar – Renew Economy

Solar Panel Recycler Leads Australia in Emerging Industry – Renewable Energy World

Extract from an article by Andrew Spence Australia’s only solar panel recycling company is looking to scale up production as the number of broken and end of life systems mounts.  Adelaide-based Reclaim PV has teamed up with major solar panel manufacturers who distribute in Australia and is refining its processes as well as lobbying for … [Read More] Solar Panel Recycler Leads Australia in Emerging Industry – Renewable Energy World

Australia’s “internationally embarrassing” recycling rates must be fixed – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article on The Fifth Estate website Parties running in the federal election urgently need to respond to Australia’s “internationally embarrassing” recycling rate, according to a new report from the Australian Council of Recycling. The peak body’s Australia is Losing the Recycling Race report finds that Australia ranks 13th in the world for … [Read More] Australia’s “internationally embarrassing” recycling rates must be fixed – The Fifth Estate

Energy efficiency pays off for fast-growing Victoria economy – Renew Economy

Extract from an article by Ric Brazzale Victoria has the fastest growing population of all the states and is experiencing strong economic growth, yet its electricity consumption continues to fall. Energy efficiency activities installed under the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) Scheme can explain 75 per cent of the reduction in consumption and is contributing to … [Read More] Energy efficiency pays off for fast-growing Victoria economy – Renew Economy

Power to the people: how communities can help meet our renewable energy goals – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Iain MacGill and Franziska Mey The federal election campaign has highlighted the very different visions of Australia’s renewable energy future held by the major parties. The Coalition government supports the present Renewable Energy Target (RET) of 33,000 gigawatt-hours from large-scale projects in 2020, which it negotiated with the Labor opposition in 2015. … [Read More] Power to the people: how communities can help meet our renewable energy goals – The Conversation

A Comparison of Policy Instruments to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Economic Papers: A journal of applied economics and policy

ABSTRACT Tax, emission trading schemes, regulations and subsidy policy instruments to reduce Australian greenhouse gas emissions are assessed. Australian recent and proposed examples are used as illustrations. Comparative pollution reduction cost, tax interaction distortion costs, redistribution effects and operating cost properties are evaluated. A tax instrument with a comprehensive base, combined with recycling the revenue windfall … [Read More] A Comparison of Policy Instruments to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Economic Papers: A journal of applied economics and policy

Fringe-of-grid action generates opportunity for Canadian Solar – The Fifth Estate

Extract Next year promises to be a big year for solar projects in Queensland and NSW, according to Canadian Solar, with utility-scale solar and combined storage and solar installs for edge-of-grid and off-grid communities driving increased Australian business for the company. The PV panel manufacturer and installer has been operating in Australia since 2011, initially … [Read More] Fringe-of-grid action generates opportunity for Canadian Solar – The Fifth Estate

Sustainable cities need distributed energy: Discussing the way forward – The Fifth Estate

Extract Last Friday I joined 50 experts from various industry and government groups – utilities, finance, property development, business and research – at a workshop to discuss and provide insights on the future of sustainable cities. In this case the role of distributed energy (DE). Cities of the future will not be like our current … [Read More] Sustainable cities need distributed energy: Discussing the way forward – The Fifth Estate

Supporting vulnerable people to adapt to climate change – VCOSS

Extract from a blog  post based on a presentation made by VCOSS at the Brotherhood of St Laurence-ACOSS ‘Transitioning to a zero carbon economy’ forum held in Melbourne on 25 May, 2016. In times of crisis, a community’s ability to respond and adapt  is a direct reflection of how strongly it is functioning to begin … [Read More] Supporting vulnerable people to adapt to climate change – VCOSS

Climate and clean energy: Australian policy’s trauma zone – Renew Economy

Extract from an article by Paul Burke It’s been a case of one step forward, two steps back, for Australia’s climate policy in recent times. It’s up to the next parliament to get things moving, Paul Burke writes. Australia has taken a substantial step backward on climate policy during this term of Parliament. Terminating the carbon … [Read More] Climate and clean energy: Australian policy’s trauma zone – Renew Economy

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