Fossil fuels

Discussion paper

6 Sep 2018

This paper explores the fossil fuel divestment movement and, on the other side of the coin, the fossil free investment movement. In addition to the benefit of aligning investments with an organisation’s purpose, it finds the returns available on local and international fossil free investment...

Journal article

5 Jul 2018

The small island developing states of the Pacific suffer from both the high cost of fossil fuel imports and from numerous climate-related disasters. These vulnerabilities will worsen unless there is a substantial global shift away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy (RE) sources, coupled with...

Journal article

13 Jun 2018

As climate policy needs to address all feasible ways to reduce carbon emissions, there is an increasing focus on demand-side solutions. Studies of household carbon footprints have allocated emissions during production to the consumption of the produced goods, and provided an understanding of what products...


23 Feb 2018

Throughout the world, people are taking direct action to tackle environmental problems – from Standing Rock in the United States, to the Carmichael coal mine in Australia, to the community groups standing against oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Other interactive resource

12 Dec 2017

A new platform mapping environmental conflicts developed by RMIT urban researchers helps to support just transitions from coal to clean energy without disadvantaging workers and communities.


12 Sep 2017

China's plans to eventually ban the sale of new petrol and diesel engines could hurt Australia's multi-billion-dollar car-parts industry.


Providing a comprehensive, up-to-date indication of key electricity trends in Australia
12 Jul 2017

This report, by renowned energy analyst Dr Hugh Saddler, reveals a stunning correlation between domestic electricity prices and gas prices, despite gas making up only 10% of electricity generation.


20 Jun 2017

This study offers a sophisticated tool to investors to align their capital allocation decisions with the company’s exposure to climate risks.

Research report

20 Feb 2017

This review analyses the energy policy challenges facing New Zealand and provides recommendations to help guide the country towards a more secure, sustainable and affordable energy future. In 2016, the IEA decided to modernise the reviews by shifting their focus to key energy security challenges...

Research report

14 Dec 2016

The vast majority of listed Australian fossil fuel companies fail to positively address the Oxford Martin School’s ‘Working Principles for Investment in Fossil Fuels’, thereby providing justification for divestment.

The Oxford Martin Principles provide investors with the “terms of engagement” on which they should...

Research report

12 Dec 2016

Preliminary results from Australia’s first on-road vehicle emissions test program cast doubt over the relevance of laboratory testing and suggest consumers are commonly being misled.

Commissioned by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), the test results also suggest forthcoming national emissions reduction regulations may be...

Research report

28 Nov 2016

On 13 October 2016, the Senate referred the following matter to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and interim report by 28 November 2016 and final report by 1 February 2017 :

the experience of closures of electricity generators and other large...

Research report

29 Sep 2016

Australian-listed fossil fuel companies are continuing to search for more unburnable carbon, with $12.69 billion spent on fossil fuel exploration by just fifteen companies since July 2012. Another $14.62 billion has been spent by just ten foreign companies on fossil fuel exploration in Australia between...


15 Sep 2016

This was an online survey. The survey was in the field from Monday 15th August to Friday 19th August 2016. The survey fieldwork was conducted by the Online Research Unit (ORU). Data tables were prepared by Essential Research. The target population for this research was...


12 Sep 2016

This was an online survey. The survey was in the field from Monday 15th August to Friday 19th August 2016. The survey fieldwork was conducted by the Online Research Unit (ORU). Data tables were prepared by Essential Research. The target population for this research was...

Blog post

17 Jun 2016

Ever heard the one about the political process that was corrupted by donations from corporations? Oh, sorry. Of course you have. Fair enough too, as it’s a simple premise. We all donate to things that we have a personal stake or interest in. People donate...


11 May 2016

Australia needs to end its reliance on fossil fuels. The Australian Sex Party accepts that this can’t happen immediately, and that interim energy supplies are needed. If unconventional gas continues to be used, it should be seen as a short-term solution only, using industry best-practice,...


9 May 2016

Since 2008, Japanese banks have loaned AU$40 billion to fossil fuel projects in Australia, second only to the major Australian banks.

Historically, most Japanese lending has been to coal. More recently, Japanese banks have been integral in facilitating Australia’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) boom,...


10 Feb 2016

The fossil fuel industry is causing massive environmental damage and driving climate change.

People are inadvertently supporting the fossil fuel industry through the investment decisions of their super funds, the custodians of their retirement savings.

Many super funds have recognised the dangers of...

Discussion paper

26 Nov 2015

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has estimated that 304 million people in India are without access to electricity. Unsurprisingly, in a speech earlier this year, Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, stated that “universal and affordable energy access...



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