AER Annual compliance and enforcement report 2021–22
This report summarises the Australian Energy Regulator's compliance and enforcement outcomes which are a key tool in the regulatory toolkit, deployed with the aim of ensuring that energy consumers are better off, now and in the future.
Federal election 2022: a review of the election outcome and key policy issues
This publication outlines KPMG’s analysis of the 2022 Australian federal election result, including an examination of the ALP's policy focus for the national economy, foreign affairs and defence, health and wellbeing, and climate change and energy.
Clean energy agreement making on First Nations land: what do strong agreements contain?
This publication outlines best practice guidelines for how clean energy companies could approach agreement making with the First Nations landholders of their potential development site.
Investments by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation
The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the selection, contracting and ongoing management of investments by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and the extent to which the CEFC is meeting its legislated objective.
Hydrogen futures: summary report
To explore pathways to creating a hydrogen economy, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) recently joined forces with the prestigious National Academy of Engineering Korea (NAEK), bringing experts from both nations together for a one-day ‘Hydrogen Futures’ workshop in March 2020. This report...
Deep decarbonization pathways
Getting to net-zero emissions by 2050 requires a combination of technology and policy, and the pathway can take many forms. This brief provides several building blocks that governments are using, or are considering, to construct these pathways, but the scale of current policies is insufficient...
World Energy Issues Monitor 2020
The annual World Energy Issues Monitor provides unique insight into what energy policymakers, CEOs and leading experts identify as Critical Uncertainties and Action Priorities. Based on the analysis of over 3,000 survey responses from energy leaders in 104 countries as well as 550 responses from...
ACT State of the environment 2019
The ACT’s 4-yearly State of the Environment reporting is a requirement of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment Act 1993. The report provides the ACT community and government with commentary and analysis about the condition of the environment and progress towards sustainability.
2020 Energy and climate change project: scoping paper
The objective of this project is to develop an updated, comprehensive energy and climate change policy package that is driven by science, technology and innovation to put Australia on a path to net-zero emissions by 2050.
Energy policy lighthouses: the little green book
By many measures, the world is still in the early stages of a deep and profound transformation in energy, and industrial and agricultural processes. This community paper focuses on the role of policy in these processes of transformation.
Fighting for the ARENA: securing the Australian Renewable Energy Agency
The Commonwealth Government has made technology central to reducing emissions to 2030, but the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has only $200 million to allocate to new projects. With multi-party support for the Agency, this paper argues that legislation to extend its funding should be...
Accelerating renewable energy and energy efficiency: discussion document
This discussion paper examines a range of barriers and issues, and seeks feedback on a range of options to accelerate the use and supply of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The reduction of energy-related carbon emissions will be critical to achieving Aotearoa’s climate goals.
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...
State of play: renewable energy leaders and losers
This report finds that the Morrison Government is not only failing to lead on the transition to renewable energy, it is obstructing the rollout of renewable energy at a state and territory level. The report tracks the relative progress of Australian states and territories, based...
We’re way off course for Paris, says World Energy Outlook
The IEA’s annual flagship review, World Energy Outlook 2019, puts it bluntly. On current policies, the world is on track for a “relentless upward march in energy-related emissions."
Putting the ‘justice’ in ‘just transition’: tackling inequality in the new renewable economy focuses
In this report, unions from the maritime, energy and manufacturing sectors outline a series of steps to not only encourage the use of offshore wind to reduce carbon emissions, but take advantage of the emerging industry to diversify the job opportunities for workers and communities...
Designing for resilient energy systems: choices in future engineering
Commissioned by Engineers Australia, in partnership with ASPI, this report presents the thoughts of four young engineers on innovative energy design projects they are currently working on, as well as their views on the challenges they foresee for the design of future energy systems. These...
Power play: how governments can better direct Australia’s electricity market
This report argues that the federal government should abandon its current approach of ‘big stick’ threats to the major energy companies. Instead, it should help get the electricity market back on the right track by providing clear, rules-based policies to better manage investments in transmission...
Governments took the hard road on clean energy – and consumers are feeling the bumps
Australia's entire coal fleet will retire in the next few decades. The federal government's response to the Hazelwood coal plant closure has left a mess – it must do better.
Markets, regulation, policies and institutions for transition in the electricity sector
A cost-effective, timely energy transition that unlocks the potential for new industries, supports affected regions and protects eco-systems is not guaranteed – it is an outcome achievable in both Germany and Australia with effective policy. This paper focuses on the important role that policy has...
Class ACT: how the Australian Capital Territory became a global energy leader
The ACT will soon become the first Australian jurisdiction to achieve a transition from a fossil fuel-based supply to 100% renewable electricity. Just seven other jurisdictions have achieved this, in Germany, Austria and Spain.
Australia to attend climate summit empty-handed despite UN pleas to ‘come with a plan’
The UN has asked world leaders to bring concrete climate action plans to this week's summit - and Australia is likely to cop heavy criticism.
Accelerating building decarbonization: eight attainable policy pathways to net zero carbon buildings for all
This paper responds to the global discourse around the need to decarbonize the world’s building stock by 2050 in order to meet global climate goals. It aims to provide clear, feasible policy pathways by which developing countries can achieve net ZCBs in their cities.
The speed of the energy transition: gradual or rapid change?
This paper provides a framework to see how the energy system is evolving. Between two narratives of transitions Gradual and Rapid, this paper summarises the main ways in which they differ and what to look for over the course of the next decade.
Independent review of the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Act 2012: final report
The Australian government has released this final report of the Independent Review of the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act 2012 (GEMS Act). The review is a statutory requirement to ensure the GEMS Act remains appropriate and effective in reducing Australia’s energy consumption and greenhouse...