Greenhouse gases

Report

22 Oct 2017

This report presents the emissions and fuel consumption test results from 30 different passenger and light commercial vehicles (“light duty vehicles”), measured with a Portable Emissions Measurement System (PEMS) on Australian Roads. Testing was conducted by ABMARC for the Australian Automobile Association in general...

Report

10 Jul 2017

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of the Environment and Energy’s arrangements for the preparation and reporting of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions estimates and projections. To form a conclusion against this objective, the ANAO adopted the following high-level...

Report

29 Jun 2017

The primary obligation of the Australian government is to serve the Australian people. This means that policies should only be enacted where they are in Australia’s national interest.

Unfortunately, the Discussion Paper appears to take it as a given that pursuit of international emissions...

Report

22 Jun 2017

The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) foresees a dwindling role for natural gas in the power sector toward the middle of the century, not only to meet the Paris Agreement goals, but also due to increasing competition from renewables.

Key messages:

To achieve the...

Report

15 Jun 2017

The Australia Institute has launched the National Energy Emissions Audit (The Audit), written by respected energy analyst and ANU Honorary Associate Professor, Dr Hugh Saddler, which tracks Australia's emissions of greenhouse gases from the combustion of fossil fuels.

The National Energy Emissions Audit will...

Commentary

8 Jun 2017

The main job of the Finkel Review, to be released this week, is to set out ways to reform the National Electricity Market (NEM) to ensure it delivers reliable and affordable power in the transition to low-carbon energy. Yet most of the attention has been...

Fact sheet

6 Jun 2017

With the final report from the Finkel Review into the future security of the National Electricity Market (NEM) having been released, here are ten basic facts about electricity costs, emissions and security to help guide you through it.

Report

1 Jun 2017

The Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, asked the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) and the Climate Change Authority to jointly provide advice on policies to enhance power system security and to reduce electricity prices consistent with achieving Australia’s emissions...

Research report

25 Apr 2017

This Energy Transitions Commission report, launched on 25 April 2017, sets out achievable pathways to limit global warming to well below 2˚C while stimulating economic development and social progress.

The report argues that we must reduce carbon emissions by half by 2040 (compared to...

Research report

21 Mar 2017

While the goal of the Paris Agreement is clear, how different countries might contribute to its achievement in the medium term, and the associated economic implications, are much less so. Scenario planning can play a key role. Vivid Economics was commissioned by GLOBE-NZ – a...

Research report

20 Mar 2017

OECD Environmental Performance Reviews provide independent assessments of countries’ progress towards their environmental policy objectives.

Reviews promote peer learning, enhance government accountability, and provide targeted recommendations aimed at improving environmental performance, individually and collectively. They are supported by a broad range of economic and...

Research report

20 Mar 2017

Concrete is the second most used material after water and the production of cement is responsible for 5–8% of global carbon dioxide emissions. The development of low-carbon concretes is pursued worldwide to help the construction industry make its contribution to decarbonising the built environment and...

Discussion paper

15 Mar 2017

The Climate Change Authority has released this issues paper for consultation.

The authority has recommended further work be done on how to better coordinate action to reduce emissions, improve environmental outcomes and benefit agricultural productivity.

In the first phase of the research, this...

Journal article

5 Jan 2017

Life-cycle assessment (LCA) is an established methodology that can provide decision-makers with comprehensive data on the environmental impacts of products and processes during the entire life cycle. However, the literature on building LCAs consists of highly varying results between the studies, even when the assessed...

Audio program

23 Dec 2016

Australia will have to prevent close to two years' worth of emissions from reaching the atmosphere if it's to meet the government's climate targets for 2030.

That's the view of environmental groups, based on the most recent emissions data just released by the federal...

Working paper

29 Nov 2016

We update the analysis of Allan et al. (2015) and re-examine whether New Zealand households have become greener consumers using newly available data. We combine input-output data from 2006 and 2012 with detailed data on household consumption from the 2006 and 2012 Household Economic Surveys...

Research report

19 Oct 2016

In this report the Commissioner examines the issue of agricultural greenhouse gases – methane and nitrous oxide – which together form about half of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions. This high proportion of emissions coming from agriculture is a major challenge for New Zealand. The...

Journal article

18 Oct 2016

In the context of reducing household greenhouse gas emissions, in-home energy feedback displays have been trialled as a mechanism to assist households to monitor and change energyuse behaviour. As we move towards technologyrich zero-energy homes, the challenge of managing energy use and electricity generation systems...

Commentary

Article

26 Sep 2016

Earlier this year, Engie, the majority owner of Hazelwood, flagged it was considering closing or selling the plant.

There are many factors that would be contributing to their deliberation. These include, but are not limited to, the plant’s age, changes in the electricity market,...

Discussion paper

31 Mar 2016

This resource discusses the history of the New Zealand government policy-making process in relation to the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Emissions trading can be a powerful tool for helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. An ETS transforms a regulatory limit on emissions into an emissions...