Advancing prosperity: 5 year productivity review
If Australia is to continue to grow its economy and increase individual prosperity, productivity policy should focus on key emerging trends like the shift towards service industries, according to this final report of the 5-year Productivity Inquiry.
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...
The Western Australian Restoration Economy
E. Trevenen, Kim Kiatkoski, J. Jonson, R. Pandit, S. Whitten, M. Poole, M. Kragt
This project was carried out to understand the size and scope of the Western Australian Restoration Economy and, as such, the authors undertook a market-based assessment and gap analysis. An included, draft roadmap identifies actions to lift Western Australia’s ability to deliver meaningful, large-scale ecological...
Delay or decarbonise? Australia’s climate policy trade-off
Australia’s current climate policy suite currently appears poised to continue recent trends and risks Australia’s ability to credibly meet its climate targets. If the Australian government wants to credibly reduce Australia’s emissions by 43 per cent by 2030, the authors of this paper argue that...
Pathways to industrial decarbonisation
Kylie Turner, Anna Malos
Compiled in collaboration with companies representing around a fifth of Australia’s industrial emissions and a third of the ASX100 market value, this report urges strong, effective and coordinated action from industry, finance and across all levels of government to align the regulatory and policy mechanisms...
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.
Achieving a net-zero economy: roadmap for Victorian businesses
The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has released this strategy document, which is aimed at helping to reduce energy prices, ensuring the reliable supply of energy and supporting businesses in the transition to a net-zero economy.
Achieving prosperity in a net-zero future
This paper provides costed, genuinely implementable policies for parliamentarians to embed in their party platforms. It outlines the need for action and the opportunity available, and also offers a policy blueprint that will set Australia on the path to economic growth in a net-zero world.
How to build a Net Zero society
Kristina Londakova, Izzy Brennan, Andrew Schein, Jake Reynolds, Ed Whincup, Edwin Chan, Marcos Pelenur, David Halpern
Tackling climate change is not only a moral and legal obligation in the UK, but is also the growth opportunity of the 21st century, and is backed by huge public support. This report builds on several years’ research and dozens of case studies across the...
Green investment: the prudent choice for prosperity
This paper sets out how to increase public spending on climate and nature in the United Kingdom, at speed - to maximise economic opportunities and ensure ongoing public support.
Government climate action: leading policies and programs in Australia
This report analyses targets, policies and programs announced by Australian federal, state and territory governments, with a focus on policies introduced since the publication of a previous report in 2021 on state and territory climate action.
Unlocking the pathway: why electrification is the key to net zero buildings
Around one quarter of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the built environment. This summary report argues that Australia will not achieve its legislated emissions reduction targets unless the built environment decarbonises its building operations.
Sharing the load: the potential of e-cargo bikes
In an attempt to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, this report explores the potential of e-cargo bikes as an alternative, less polluting vehicle option. The discussion focuses on the attitudes of key van user groups that will need to be engaged, and calls for 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...
Are we there yet? Clean transport scorecard for Australian states and territories
This report argues that policies and investments that reduce transport emissions can be put in place now using existing technologies. This makes reducing emissions in the transport sector quickly this decade much easier than is the case for some other sectors of the economy, where...
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...
The barriers and potential enablers of electric vehicle uptake in Australia
Electric vehicles will play an important role in the transition to net zero. This working paper outlines findings from a recent survey of 2000 Australians, which sought to better understand the barriers and enablers for Australians to switch from vehicles with an internal combustion engine...
Climate of the nation 2022
The Australia Institute’s annual 'Climate of the nation' report provides a comprehensive account of changing Australian beliefs and attitudes towards climate change, including its causes, impacts and solutions. For the first time, this year's report includes a chapter on Australians’ views on transport solutions, including...
In discussing the Australian context, this paper suggests how the domestic landscape may be representative of state-sponsored 'greenwashing' in other countries. It also suggests that the credibility of net zero claims made by non-state actors is inextricably linked to the state.
Accelerating local electric vehicle uptake where it matters
Electric vehicles (EVs) represent a key pillar in the push towards decarbonisation, and governments across Australia are enacting measures to increase the adoption of EVs as part of their net zero action plans. This report aims to contribute to the discussion of electric vehicle policy...
Farm powered: opportunities for regional communities in the renewable energy boom
Australia’s public and private sectors are making much-needed investments, as the nation shifts from an energy system powered by coal, oil and gas to one powered by renewables and storage. This report calls on the Albanese Government to support solutions that benefit regional farming communities...
Not according to plan: exploring gaps in city climate planning and the need for regional action
This report attempts to better understand why cities are failing to meet their targets and what can be learned from the planning practices that are working well. By evaluating the most comprehensive decarbonisation plans across 50 of America's largest cities, the report judges how well...
Australia's clean engine room: central Queensland's industrial future
Few places have more to lose from the impacts of climate change than central Queensland. At the same time, perhaps nowhere else has greater natural advantages in clean energy and is better placed to prosper as the world moves beyond fossil fuels. The authors of...
EPA climate change policy: draft for consultation
This draft policy document has been prepared to send a signal to regulated industries that the NSW EPA will be working with them to support and drive cost-effective decarbonisation, while implementing adaptation initiatives that build resilience to climate change risks.
Policy options for decarbonising transportation in APEC
Vehicle electrification is the most effective and efficient solution to decarbonise transport and could have quick and measurable impacts on reducing GHG emissions and addressing climate change. This policy brief discusses five practical and proven policy options for vehicle electrification.