Energy industries

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Report

Crunch time: how climate action in the 2020s will define Australia

This report unpacks the key takeaways for Australia from the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, in particular the urgent need for Australia to catch up with the rest of the world.
Report

Resources, energy and modern slavery: practical responses for managing risk to people

This publication is a guide to help the resources and energy sectors respond effectively to the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth). The Act requires certain large companies to report annually on their efforts to address risks of modern slavery in their global operations and supply...
Report

Regulating gas pipelines under uncertainty: information paper

This information paper examines the factors causing downward pressure on domestic gas demand in Australia’s eastern states and options to manage the potential pricing risks for current and future gas consumers.
Strategy

Australia’s bioenergy roadmap

This strategy document identifies the role that the bioenergy sector can play in Australia’s energy transition and in helping Australia to further reduce carbon emissions.
Report

Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province: a vanguard for advancing the Australia-Vietnam economic relationship

Ba Ria-Vung Tau (BVRT) province is an emerging economic hub in Vietnam, with new developments in infrastructure that make it a competitive destination for Australian investment. This report suggests that Western Australia in particular has a unique opportunity to boost ties, having signed a memorandum...
Discussion paper

Undermining climate action: the Australian way

This report estimates the emissions associated with the coal and gas projects currently planned in Australia. The vast emissions that would results from current planned fossil fuelled projects in Australia are not consistent with addressing climate change and achieving net zero emissions.
Report

Towards net zero: a practical plan for Australia’s governments

Tackling climate change will bring costs and benefits for Australia. In some sectors, the benefits will outweigh the costs. In others, big financial costs will remain even after our best cost-reduction efforts. This report finds that getting to net zero could be the biggest economic...
Report

China, climate politics and COP26

It is almost inevitable that competition between regional blocs — China, the United States, and Europe being the three most significant actors in this context — will increasingly be a feature of climate policy. This paper examines China's ambition to become carbon-neutral by 2060.
Strategy

The plan to deliver net zero: the Australian way

Australia is setting a target to deliver net zero emissions by 2050. This plan outlines responsible and practical actions towards that goal that are in Australia's national interest.
Briefing paper

Hydrogen as an energy source

This paper gives a brief overview of hydrogen, how and where it will be produced in Australia, and the main challenges.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Adam Bandt says gas is just as dirty as coal. Is he correct?

Scott Morrison's plan for a gas-led economic recovery has brought the Coalition's climate and energy policies back into focus. But the emphasis on natural gas — a fossil fuel mostly made up of methane — has alarmed some scientists and political figures, who say such...
Report

Australia's 2030 emissions: states lead the way

In December 2020, the Morrison Government projected Australia’s emissions would reach roughly 22% below 2005 levels by 2030, which falls short of its 26-28% Paris Agreement target. It is anticipated that the federal government will soon announce an increase in projected emissions reductions for 2030...
Report

Sunshot: Australia’s opportunity to create 395,000 clean export jobs

This report argues that Australia has a natural advantage to make the most of future opportunities in clean energy exports, with an abundance of solar and wind energy, and the metals and minerals required for the energy transition.
Report

Climate of the nation 2021

This report shows that concern about climate change is at record high levels, many Australians are experiencing the impacts of climate change right now, and there is broad support for a range of decarbonisation policies.
Report

Market capacity for electricity generation and transmission projects

Infrastructure Australia has partnered with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to assess and understand the labour and material requirements for the transmission and generation projects identified in AEMO’s 2020 Integrated System Plan. This analysis aims to improve the understanding of labour and material requirements...
Discussion paper

We can work it out

In 2018 Germany set up a multi-stakeholder group, the German Coal Commission. Its mission was to deliver a plan for the phase out of coal-fired power and to meet Germany’s 2030 emission reduction target. The Commission was a mechanism to negotiate the policies to end...
Report

E3 Opportunity assessment: developing the future energy workforce - final report 2021

This opportunity assessment describes a pathway to understanding the present and future energy workforce in Australia. Developing the workforce is crucial to enabling the clean energy transition and realising the RACE for 2030 vision of a customer-centred clean energy system.
Discussion paper

Phasing down gracefully: halving electricity emissions this decade

In order to mitigate against global climate change, this paper argues that net-zero is inevitable, by 2050 or even earlier. To get there, the Australian economy will need to undergo a tremendous structural transformation.
Discussion paper

Powering the next boom: priorities for energy reform in the coming decade

This consultation paper is the first under Blueprint Institute’s new energy policy initiative. It sets out the decarbonisation challenge Australia faces in the decades ahead, and how we might confront it.
Discussion paper

From the ground up: a blueprint for economic diversification in regional Australia

This paper argues that the Australian government has a responsibility to ensure the cost of decarbonisation does not fall disproportionately on the shoulders of regional Australians, because when regional Australia does well, all Australians do well.