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