Climate & Energy Program
The best way to protect coal jobs in existing mines is to stop the construction of new, highly automated coal mines in the Galilee Basin according to new research by The Australia Institute.
The Institute’s report estimates that development of the Galilee Basin would reduce coal mining jobs by 9,000 in the Hunter Valley (NSW), 2,000 in the Bowen Basin (QLD) and 1,400 in the Surat Basin (QLD), compared to a scenario with no Galilee mines out to 2035.
By Richie Merzian, Director of The Australia Institute's Climate & Energy Program.
Private and public investment in a safe climate future is growing, despite the best and worst efforts of some of the world’s leading polluters, writes Richie Merzian.
New analysis from the Australia Institute’s Climate & Energy program shows that rooftop solar delayed and reduced peak demand in the National Electricity Market (NEM) this summer. This improved the reliability of the grid, covering for coal-fired power plants during breakdowns.
When demand was highest this summer rooftop solar reduced peak demand by over 2000 MW, the equivalent of a large coal power plant.
Household solar also stepped into the breach, more than compensating for the large breakdown at Loy Yang B power Station, which occurred during another period of high demand.
SUPPORTING TECHNICAL PAPER: National Energy and Emissions Audit, July 2018
CALCULATING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS ARISING FROM ELECTRICITY GENERATION IN THE NATIONAL ELECTRICITY MARKET.
Emissions are calculated on an annual basis as the sum of emissions arising from each thermal power station supplying the National Electricity Market (NEM). This is the procedure used by the Australian Electricity Market Operator to calculate, on a daily basis, its Carbon Dioxide Emissions Intensity Index (CDEII)1. AEMO calculates emissions from each power station as the product of electricity sent out from the station by the sent out emissions intensity of the station.
The latest electricity update from the National Energy Emissions Audit has been released today by The Australia Institute’s Climate & Energy Program.
The Audit shows current policies will reduce National Electricity Market (NEM) emissions to 22% below 2005 levels in 2019-20, effectively meaning the electricity sector has an emissions reduction target of only 4% to 2030.
Key findings include:
The Australia Institute Climate & Energy Program has released the latest National Energy Emissions Audit electricity update (The Audit*) for July 2018.
The Audit shows current policies will reduce National Electricity Market (NEM) emissions to 22% below 2005 levels in 2019-20, effectively meaning electricity sector has an emissions reduction target of only 4% to 2030.
The Australia Institute welcomes the establishment of a Senate Select Committee on Electric Vehicles, and congratulates Senator Tim Storer for taking the initiative to bring this to the consideration of the Senate, and on his role as Chair of the committee.
“There is a race to transition the world’s massive car fleet to electric vehicles and Australia is falling behind,” says Dan Cass, strategist at The Australia Institute.
Queensland’s New Acland Coal mine, near Oakey on the Darling Downs, has been controversial due to its huge impacts on the town of Acland, which is now neardeserted, and its environmental effects and conflicts with agricultural land uses.
The Queensland Land Court recommended rejection of New Hopes’ New Acland Coal (NAC) Stage 3 mine expansion on 31 May 2017. The decision followed the most intense factual scrutiny ever applied to a mining project in the court’s 120-year history.
On 14 February 2018 the Department of Environment and Science (DES) released its decision supporting the Land Court judgement and denying environmental approval.
A research report released today by The Australia Institute shows job claims of the Acland mine on the Darling Downs have been grossly exaggerated by owners New Hope and other coal lobbyists.
The new report shows:
1. New Acland Coal and the Queensland Resource Council (QRC) are using inflated job figures up to triple what experts advise.
2. Regional employment is dominated not by mining, but by meat processing, defence, road freight and beef cattle. The region does not ‘rely’ on the Acland mine.
3. Recent major investments have been abattoir expansion, rail upgrades, a regional data centre, airport, road infrastructure and large scale solar projects.