Fossil fuel industry
Australia's clean industry future: making things here in a net zero world
This report urges the Australian government to deliver strong policy and incentives to drive the transformation of Australian industry. The report says that helping Australian industry cut emissions and get off fossil fuels can grow profits, create new, cleaner industries, protect workers, and create thousands...
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...
Emissions as usual: implications for the Safeguard Mechanism of LNG and coal mine projects
This report examines the implications of committed and proposed developments in the liquefied natural gas and coal mining sectors for reform of the Australian Safeguard Mechanism.
Mining and mineral resources: responsible partnership for sustainability
To address Australia’s sustainability challenges, the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) has prepared this position paper, which presents three, evidence-based positions on how the minerals and mining industry can support Australia’s sustainability commitments.
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.
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...
A roadmap for decarbonising Australian alumina refining
This report was commissioned by ARENA, and prepared by Deloitte, in consultation with Alcoa, Rio Tinto and South32. It considers the technical, commercial and market implications for emerging low emissions alumina refining and identifies key pathways to emissions reduction for one of Australia’s hard to...
What does the energy transition mean for the mining sector?
To meet the growing demand, the world will need new mines, and this new and rapidly changing context brings additional challenges and opportunities for the mining industry, for governments and communities. This report highlights a selection of key trends to understand the regulatory requirements and...
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.
Chinese coercion, Australian resilience
As bilateral relations stabilise, Australia should work to entrench its position as an indispensable supplier of key commodities to China, argues Richard McGregor in this paper.
China’s role in supplying critical minerals for the global energy transition: what could the future hold?
The world faces major challenges in responsibly sourcing large quantities of minerals that are critical for the transition to low-carbon energy sources. This report analyses how China's strategic position in regard to critical minerals may evolve, to shed light on current and emerging challenges for...
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...
Foreign investment in Australia: Australian big business is not Australian at all
The purpose of this paper is to revisit some earlier work that attempted to estimate the proportion of the mining industry that is foreign owned. This was made possible with access to the Bloomberg Professional Terminal database that gives corporate ownership by geographic region.
Wage cutting strategies in the mining industry: the cost to workers and communities - an update
This report examines the economic impact of the increased use of labour-hire in key mining communities across Australia.
Sustainable industrial jobs in the Hunter: aluminium manufacturing and Australia’s energy advantage
This report argues that the rapid transformation of Australia's aluminium facilities to sustainable sources of electricity would spark substantial economic benefits - for the aluminium industry, its supply chain, and for the burgeoning renewable energy sector.
Australia’s oil and gas reserves
This inquiry examined the issue of maximising the benefit of Australia's oil and gas reserves.
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...
Global warning: the threat to climate defenders in Australia
This report reveals how the unregulated political influence of the fossil fuel industry -- a murky web of connections between governments and industry -- is driving political inaction on climate change and the repression of those calling for action.
Iron ore futures: possible paths for Australia’s biggest trade with China
The iron ore market is wrong-footing forecasters again, as it has throughout the last 20 years. This report argues that Australia’s troubled relationship with China will be influenced by which path the iron ore market takes over the medium term.
Implementing a problem-centric approach
This article describes the challenges but also the rewards to industry, the community and the environment when a 'problem-centric' approach to regulation, rather than process-driven or function-driven regulation, is adopted by Australian regulators.
Making waves: the impact of seismic testing on fisheries and the marine environment
In this report, the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee recommends that the Australian government support the development and use of lower-impact technologies for all offshore seismic surveying to reduce the potential impacts of seismic testing on marine animals and the marine environment.
One step forward, two steps back: new coal mines in the Hunter Valley
23 new coal projects are proposed in NSW, with total production capacity equivalent to 15 Adani-sized mines. This paper argues that a moratorium should be placed on new coal approvals while a coherent regional planning framework is developed for the Hunter.
Aussie logs for Aussie jobs
This inquiry report argues that Australia's timber industry is ripe for innovation and growth. With the appropriate policy settings, the Committee feels that the plantation industry may once again have the potential to expand.