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Victoria Securing State’s Energy Future

THE CLIMATE COUNCIL has welcomed the Victorian Government’s plans to secure its clean energy future, after the state government flagged its intentions to legislate its Renewable Energy Targets.Climate Councillor and energy expert Andrew Stock said the Victorian Government’s plans to lock-in the state’s renewable targets set at 25 per cent by 2020…

South Australia announces another world-leading renewable energy project

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has just announced a new project to construct a 150MW solar thermal plant bringing clean, reliable power to the state. The solar thermal power plant with energy storage, the largest of its kind in Australia, will supply all of the Government’s power needs and will bring much-needed competition to South…

Climate Council Response to the DGR Reform Discussion Paper

The Climate Council made a submission to a Government Review that threatens to place sanctions on the services provided by charities to Australian society. The Climate Council’s research is a key source of information for groups across society; from Emergency Services, to farmers, schools, businesses and civil society groups.…

Australia’s pollution levels climb again, while climate policy remains MIA

AUSTRALIA’S pollution levels continue to rise, with the latest release of data showing the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions increased - yet again.The Australian National Greenhouse Gas Inventory’s quarterly update report shows national emission levels (excluding the land use and forestry sector), rose by 1.6 per cent during the March 2017 quarter.…

Climate change: A growing threat to Australian security

Intensifying climate change poses a serious threat to Australia’s national security and we are not sufficiently prepared, according to a new submission released from the Climate Council.Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said urgent reforms are necessary in order for Australia’s defence forces to deal with the vast and far-reaching impacts of…

The heat marches on as Australia experiences its hottest July on record

AUSTRALIA has experienced its hottest July (mean maximum temperatures) on record, as a result of a long-term trend of global temperatures increasing, due to worsening pollution levels.The Bureau of Meteorology’s ‘Australia in July 2017,’ report shows that Australia experienced its warmest daytime mean maximum temperature on record in July this…

Submission: Climate Council's serious concerns over NAIF governance

The Climate Council has raised concerns over the adequacy and transparency of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility’s (NAIF) governance framework and its pre-approval of the Adani monster coal mine.The warning comes as the Senate Standing Committee submissions close into the facility’s governance and operation.…

​Over 3 million Aussies represented under alliance to combat climate change

The Climate Council has today released a new report highlighting the potential and powerful benefits of climate action at a local level, including the scale of action already underway, as the Federal Government remains at an energy impasse.The ‘Local Leadership: Tracking Local Government Progress on Climate Change’’ report shows populous cities,…

Queensland signals plans to slash pollution, but what about Adani?

QUEENSLAND is preparing to slash its pollution to net zero by 2050, under new plans released by the State Government today.Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie praised the Queensland Government for its steps to cut its carbon pollution as Australia’s emissions continue to rise.…

‘Disappointing new heights’: Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions rise yet again

The Australian Government is failing to combat rising greenhouse gas emissions and intensifying climate change, after the latest release of quarterly emissions data overnight.The new release of data shows Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions rose again by 1.4 per cent in 2016.…

SA set to become home to world's largest lithium ion battery

SOUTH AUSTRALIA is a step closer to unveiling the largest lithium ion battery storage facility in the world, after awarding the tender to Tesla and French renewable energy company Neoen today.Climate Council Chief Councillor, Professor Tim Flannery, said South Australia was leading the charge on Australia’s transition to renewable energy and…

Government must focus on the biggest threat to GBR, not reputation

Intensifying climate change driven by the burning of fossil fuels remains the biggest threat to the Great Barrier Reef’s future, following UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee (WHC) latest meeting overnight.Climate Councillor and climate scientist Professor Will Steffen said the WHC’s decision to back away from labelling the world wonder as ‘in…

Even America’s biggest “clean coal” plant isn't using coal

America's largest “clean coal” power station has sensationally scrapped future plans to use coal at the site, after its operational costs skyrocketed by more than double, reaching around $7.5 billion (US).Climate Councillor and energy expert of more than 40 years, Andrew Stock said Southern Company and Mississippi Power’s decision to axe coal from …

Australians paying the price for political energy uncertainty

Years of political uncertainty surrounding the National Energy Market is set to lead to more household power price hikes across the country this weekend.Climate Councillor and former President of BP Australasia Greg Bourne said it should not come as a surprise that Australia’s major energy retailers are poised to significantly increase prices on…

Reef report: 56 billion reasons to pull the plug on Adani’s coal mine

Intensifying climate change remains the greatest threat to the Great Barrier Reef, with the global tourist attraction now worth $56 billion, according to new modelling released from Deloitte Access Economics today.Climate Councillor and climate scientist Professor Will Steffen said the Reef is under critical threat from the continuous burning of…

Australia’s emissions hidden, as climate standoff continues

The Climate Council is calling for the backlog of Australia’s emissions data to be urgently released, with the Federal Government failing to provide the nation’s quarterly data for over 6 months.Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie labelled the consistently delayed reporting of emissions data - the quarterly update of Australia’s National…

Turnbull’s approach to power: serving coal corporations, not community

Climate Council energy experts Andrew Stock and Greg Bourne have today labelled the Federal Government’s national energy policy announcement as “baffling”.“Government charged the Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, to go through an extensive considered policy process to address national challenges of security, affordability and emissions reduction in …

UNESCO Warning: climate action key for Reef protection

The Climate Council has today warned the Federal Government needs to urgently step up its efforts to tackle climate change in order to protect the Great Barrier Reef, following a damning report from UNESCO over the weekend.Speaking out on World Environment Day, Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said that Australia needed to implement stronger…

MEDIA RELEASE: Trump’s failure on Paris Agreement won’t stop climate progress

The Climate Council condemns US President Donald Trump’s moves towards withdrawing from the historic international Paris Climate Agreement."The US is positioning itself as an international pariah. Out of nearly 200 countries only three have rejected the Paris Climate Agreement. Nicaragua, because it didn't go far enough.…

Turnbull Government diverting clean energy funds to coal bizarre

Diverting renewable energy funds to coal projects is costly, will increase emissions, and exacerbate climate change, the Climate Council warns.Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said news the Federal Government wants to enable the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to fund coal plants with carbon capture and storage is a waste of money.…