Impact of new entrants on the Safeguard Mechanism emissions budget
To understand the potential risks to meeting the Safeguard Mechanism emissions budget, RepuTex was engaged by the Climate Council and the Australian Conservation Foundation to model the potential effects of higher-than-expected emissions growth due to variation in fossil fuel production, and new entrants, on the...
Why offsets are not a viable alternative to cutting emissions
In this report, the authors set out an assessment of the state of global science around offsets, and also examine the impact of the Australian government’s proposed changes for the country’s industrial emitters.
Fuelling budget repair: how to reform fuel taxes for business
The $8 billion a year in fuel tax credits given to businesses should be cut in half, to help repair the budget and reduce carbon emissions, according to this Grattan Institute report.
Introducing the dirty dozen: Australia's filthiest fossil fuel polluters
This report finds that between 2016 and 2021, just 12 fossil fuel corporations in Australia emitted carbon pollution equivalent to more than 50% of total Pacific Islands emissions over the same period.
Safeguarding fossil fuels
This study demonstrates how the proposed design of the Australian government’s Safeguard Mechanism (SGM) includes loopholes that will enable and effectively subsidise highly polluting new fossil fuel projects, placing Australia’s emission reduction targets at risk, while transferring billions of dollars of additional costs to other...
On the way out: government revenues from fossil fuels in Australia
This paper reviews the implications of the ongoing energy transition for government revenues from fossil fuel extraction and use and discusses policy options in response.
From Russia with love: coal profits from war in Ukraine
While debate continues on the appropriate response to Australia’s sky-high coal, gas and electricity prices, the size of the resulting profit windfall for multi-national coal mining companies has not been widely estimated or discussed. This paper takes a closer look at some of the issues...
Integrity and the Climate Change Authority
Australia’s Climate Change Authority (CCA) is again playing an influential role in Australian climate policy, following its long hibernation under the previous federal government. This report argues that the CCA’s focus on carbon offsets is inappropriate, given that offsetting is usually considered to be the...
Trends, investor types and drivers of renewable energy FDI
Recently, foreign direct investment (FDI) in renewable energy has been on a rising trend, while FDI activity in fossil fuels has started showing some signs of a possible slowdown. Although the changing geopolitical context might have implications for the development of these trends, the findings...
Out of bounds: coal, gas and oil sponsorship in Australian sports
Many Australian sport organisations are beginning to take action to reduce their climate pollution footprint and leverage their significant media profiles to promote environmentally positive behaviours. This report quantifies the number and value of fossil fuel sponsorships in Australian sport.
Under the hood: the truth about Toyota
The Australian government is currently considering the introduction of fuel efficiency standards regulating climate pollution from cars, which would ensure wider choice of more efficient and zero emissions vehicles for Australian consumers. Based on information contained in this report, Greenpeace Australia Pacific holds there is...
Fact Check: Barnaby Joyce says Labor has changed the law on fuel emissions standards. Is that correct?
Barnaby Joyce says Labor has changed the law on fuel emissions standards. Verdict: Mr Joyce has jumped the gun.
The social and economic costs of environmental legal activism
This report has been prepared to argue that the Albanese Government’s proposed Climate Change Bill 2022 will expand the scope for green activists to challenge approvals for critical resource projects. It also outlines the potential economic consequences of such actions.
Powering Canberra: our pathway to electrification
The ACT is preparing to electrify Canberra and transition away from the use of fossil-fuel gas by 2045. This position paper focuses on the government's work to transition the Territory away from gas use, to help reach a target of net zero emissions by 2045.
Deep-sea disaster: why Woodside's Barrup Hub project is too risky to proceed
The research in this report suggests that a spill or accident at Woodside’s Burrup Hub gas project could release toxic gas and condensate of a similar consistency to crude oil into World Heritage listed marine parks, with dangerous pollution reaching West Australian coastal communities, and...
The Australian Defence Force and its future energy requirements
The rapid and long-term shifts occurring in the global energy system are due to technological advances and the availability of cheaper renewable fuels. The author of this paper argues that Australia’s dependence on imports for liquid-fuel security places the ADF at risk.
APPEA members who pay no income tax
In this paper, the author asserts that petroleum industry claims, including by the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA), that gas projects would be contributing billions of dollars in federal taxes has not eventuated.
The economic and employment consequences of net zero emissions by 2050 in Australia
This study builds on previous IPA research by analysing the potential economic and employment impact of a ban on all new coal, gas and oil projects – which at a minimum would be required for Australia to meet its net zero emissions by 2050 commitment.
Changing pathways for Australian gas: a 1.5°C scenario analysis of new Australian gas projects
While this report focuses on the risks to Australian gas projects, there are also opportunities for Australian energy companies in the transition to net-zero emissions. The ability of oil and gas producers to successfully transform their business and tap into these opportunities is another important...
Fossil fuel subsidies in Australia
Subsidies for fossil fuels obscure the true cost of these polluting industries and enable them to continue exploring for, extracting and burning coal, oil and gas. This paper examines how large fossil fuel subsidies are in Australia and how they work.
Tackling the climate crisis
This policy statement outlines The Greens' policy position on climate change and energy resources.
Emissions exposé: Australia's biggest polluters are emitting more than approved and getting away with it
Large fossil fuel projects, such as coal mines and gas fields, are some of Australia’s largest individual greenhouse gas emitters. The researchers working on this project found that one in three fossil fuel projects are emitting more than estimated during the approval phase.
Facts over fiction: debunking gas industry spin
For decades, the Australian liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry has claimed that gas is clean, affordable and compatible with global decarbonisation goals. This report has been prepared to rebut the LNG industry’s claims with reputable data, analysis and insights.
Australia’s oil and gas reserves
This inquiry examined the issue of maximising the benefit of Australia's oil and gas reserves.
Who's buying? The impact of global decarbonisation on Australia’s regions
This report from the Centre For Policy Development’s sustainable economy initiative models the impact of global decarbonisation commitments on employment and output at a Local Government Area (LGA) level in Australia.