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Coal

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Coal mines and mining
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Report

Tackling Australia’s coal mine methane problem

This report provides an overview of the policy levers and practices which could lead to a reduction in coal mine methane, and makes recommendations targeted at improving the measurement, reporting, mitigation and, ultimately, avoidance of coal mine methane emissions.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: We fact checked Barnaby Joyce on the relative size of fossil fuel exports.

Some Nationals MPs have expressed concern about the impact that cutting emissions to zero in net terms by 2050 would have on Australia's resources industries, particularly coal. RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates. Verdict: Mr Joyce's claim doesn't stack up.
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

Out of sight, out of mind: impacts of Japanese use of Australian coal

With collaboration between Japanese and Australian communities, progress is possible to reduce the damage caused by coal mining in Australia and coal consumption in Japan. The aim of this report is to support this collaboration.
Report

Mind the gaps: unused capacity and unfunded rehabilitation in Upper Hunter coal mines

The Australia Institute has called for a moratorium on new coal mines in NSW. The current gap in production between approved limits and actual yearly production shows that current operations are either unable or unwilling to meet production limits.
Report

What regions need on the path to net zero emissions

This report finds that regional Australia is undergoing an economic transformation, with historical coal and gas heartlands in pole position to capitalise on the global shift to net zero emissions – with appropriate federal government planning, regulation and investment to manage the eventual decline of...
Report

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.
Briefing paper

Transitioning communities dependent on coal mining in NSW

This research paper discusses the options available for managing economic transition in NSW regional communities affected by a decline in the coal mining industry.
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...
Discussion paper

Getting off coal

The evidence of a climate emergency is now undeniable. Any coherent response requires a rapid phase-out of coal-fired electricity generation. This paper examines the steps required for the first stage in decarbonisation: a transition away from coal-fired power generation in Australia and the mining and...
Report

Water for coal

This report used publicly accessible information to examine the impact of coal mining and coal-fired power generation on water in New South Wales and Queensland.
Discussion paper

Enough scope: coal mines, scope 3 emissions and NSW climate policy

This research from the Australia Institute shows that the New South Wales government’s attempts to force planners to ignore the carbon emissions of the state’s coal exports contradicts NSW climate policy, the Paris Agreement, corporate expectations and economic opportunities for growth.
Report

At the coalface: work, community and climate change

This report is an analysis of the industrial profiles of Mackay, Central Queensland and the Hunter Valley. It reveals that forcing workers in the coal mining sector out of their jobs, without ensuring alternative employment with similar wages and benefits, would have devastating consequences for...
Conference paper

What lies beneath? Exploring the material influence of the underground on urban development in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie

Drawing on two case studies from the NSW Northern Coalfields, this paper considers economic value, government regulation, public perceptions, and urban development consequences, linking underground materiality with aboveground urban outcomes.
Report

Collie at the crossroads: planning a future beyond coal

Staring down the end of the coal industry that built the town, Collie faces a challenge dozens of communities around Australia, and thousands worldwide, will confront in coming decades. This report argues that a renewable transition and creating a circular economy can lower costs, diversify...
Commentary

Scott Morrison wants to outlaw boycott campaigns. But the mining industry doesn’t need protection

The focus of laws against secondary boycotts has never been against consumer groups or movements involving non-employees. There’s an obvious and good reason for this.
Report

Australia’s carbon majors report

The emissions produced from the fossil fuels extracted by Australia’s major gas, coal and oil producing companies, or ‘carbon majors’, are now larger than all of Australia’s domestic emissions. The discussion presented in this report outlines a way of thinking about the moral responsibility of...
Briefing paper

Coal calling: selling new coal mines to Tasmania

Several market and physical challenges exist for a new proposed coal development in Tasmania’s southern midlands, according to this briefing paper released by the Australia Institute.
Report

Monopoly money: Adani’s subsidised rail monopoly

This paper argues that subsidising the development of huge new coal mines, as the world attempts to tackle climate change, is terrible public policy.
Commentary

Indigenous people no longer have the legal right to say no to the Adani mine - here’s what it means for equality

Last week, the Queensland government extinguished native title over tracts of land in the Galilee Basin so the Adani coal mine could proceed.