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The NEG: Kicking the climate can down the road

THE proposed National Energy Guarantee (NEG) continues to miss the mark on slashing Australia’s greenhouse gas pollution and improving energy reliability, following the release of the Federal Government’s discussion paper today.“The Federal Government’s proposed National Energy Guarantee fails to address the core question of how Australia will…

Battery boom keeping Australia’s grid fully charged

AUSTRALIA’s love affair with clean energy and battery storage is only just beginning, with the nation on the verge of an energy storage boom, as the cost of lithium-ion batteries rapidly drops, according to a new Climate Council report.The ‘Fully Charged: Renewables and Storage Powering Australia’ report shows that Australia is on the cusp of a…

Queensland’s Extreme End to Summer

QUEENSLAND’S HEFTY HEATWAVE is set to continue, as the weather bureau warns the state is experiencing its most significant and widespread summer heatwave this season.The Bureau of Meteorology issued a weather warning overnight, as Queenslanders continue to swelter through prolonged severe to extreme heatwave conditions this week.…

​Climate firing line: Australia’s natural attractions at risk

AUSTRALIA’S MOST POPULAR tourist destinations are in the firing line, with intensifying climate change posing a significant threat to the nation’s iconic natural wonders, according to the latest report released by the Climate Council today.The Climate Council’s ‘Icons at Risk: Climate Change Threatening Australian Tourism’ report shows Australia’s …

World’s largest virtual power plant a game changer

SOUTH AUSTRALIA is preparing to step up its renewables and energy storage game, with the state announcing plans to rollout the world’s largest virtual power plant. Climate Council Acting CEO and Head of Research, Dr Martin Rice said the South Australian Government and Tesla initiative was a ‘game changer’ for the national energy market, and would…

RET: Australia can capitalise on renewables boom

WITH AUSTRALIA on track to achieve its 2020 Renewable Energy Target (RET), the Climate Council is urging the Federal Government to keep up the momentum on clean energy.The Clean Energy Regulator today confirmed Australia is on track to meet its 2020 Renewable Energy Target of 33,000 GWh (about 23.…

Federal Government missing the boat on GBR threat

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF remains at risk from further coral bleaching, despite the Federal Government’s $60 million plan, according to the Climate Council. Climate Council CEO, Amanda McKenzie said the Federal Government’s plan had ‘missed the boat’ when it comes to tackling the greatest long-term threat to Australia’s billion dollar natural asset - …

​Global Heat: Hottest Five-Year Period on Record Confirmed

THE HOTTEST PERIOD on record has been officially confirmed, with the world experiencing its hottest five-years from 2013 through 2017, according to new climate data released today.The Climate Council’s ‘2017: Record-breaking Year for Heat and Extreme Weather’ report coincides with this morning’s release of climate data from peak climate…

Renewables Boom: Australia Climbs Global Leaderboard

AUSTRALIA has been named among the top ten nations investing in clean energy, with more than $11.3 billion spent on renewables in 2017, according to new data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.The ‘Clean Energy Investment in Australia’ report shows Australia’s investment jumped by 150 per cent last year, skyrocketing Australia to seventh position…

​Government takes out the climate trash before holidays

THE CLIMATE COUNCIL has described Australia’s 12 month review of climate change policies as a farce as there are no new policies to tackle Australia's rising pollution. Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said that today’s release is another wasted opportunity for the Federal Government to act on climate change, with the Climate Review failing to…

Hidden pollution data finally released and it’s not good

AUSTRALIA’S carbon pollution levels have increased yet again, rising for a third consecutive year. The Climate Council has labelled the result as ‘shameful’ and ‘embarrassing’, proving the Federal Government is failing to tackle climate change.The Department of the Environment today partially released the long-awaited six month backlog of climate…

Where’s the data? Calls to end Government ‘climate censorship’

THE CLIMATE COUNCIL is calling for the backlog of Australia’s greenhouse gas pollution data to be urgently released, with the Federal Government failing to provide an update for almost 6 months.Climate Council CEO, Amanda McKenzie said the Federal Government had again delayed the release of the latest quarterly data report, highlighting the…

New modelling: The NEG will reduce energy jobs by thousands

AUSTRALIA could miss out on 20,000 potential jobs in the electricity sector under the Federal Government’s projections for the proposed National Energy Guarantee (NEG), according to new economic modelling from Ernst and Young (EY).The independent EY modelling, commissioned by the Climate Council, confirms there will be significantly fewer jobs in…

​Global warning: Report confirms carbon emissions rise

GLOBAL greenhouse gas pollution is on track to jump by the end of 2017, after a three year flatline, as a result of the ongoing burning of fossil fuels around the world. The Global Carbon Budget released overnight shows emissions from fossil fuels and industry are on track to rise by 2 per cent this year.…

Critical Opportunity: Report confirms urgency to tackle climate change

AUSTRALIA’S CRITICAL WINDOW of opportunity to tackle climate change is closing, with a new landmark report from the Climate Council revealing our nation is falling behind the rest of the world, failing to tackle climate change as pollution levels continue to rise.…

COP23 Talks Get Underway, But Will Australia Listen?

168 nations (169 parties) that have ratified the Paris Agreement, including Australia, will meet in Bonn, Germany over the next week to discuss progress and the finer details surrounding the implementation of the historic international commitment to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees.…