The Victorian Government has decided to allow onshore gas mining based on an internal report that claims minimal climate impacts. However the report ignores up to 88% of greenhouse emissions from new onshore gas mining, appearing to ignore emissions from burning the gas.
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Welcome to the March 2020 issue of the NEEA Report, with data updated to the end of February 2019. Data presented covers electricity demand, electricity supply, and electricity generation emissions in the National Electricity Market (NEM), plus electricity demand in the South West Interconnected System (SWIS). The main trends in the mix of generation and the level of demand for electricity have continued as in the past two or three months.
New research from The Australia Institute has found that South Australians only support the creation of a hydrogen energy industry in the state if it uses renewable sources of energy.
The research was undertaken between March 3rd and 6th 2020, following a summer of disastrous bushfires across Australia and the state.
Commercial aviation emissions in Australia could drop by over half in 2020 as a result of the COVID19 pandemic, according to new research from the Australia Institute Climate & Energy Program.
The global effort to rein in the impact of COVID19 has seen an unprecedented and indefinite grounding of commercial aviation fleets in countries across the world.
A review into the Federal Government’s Climate Solutions Fund has dismissed calls by coal lobbyists to water down provisions for high-polluting facilities, like coal-fired power stations, to access dedicated climate funding for upgrades.
The facilities method review by the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee (ERAC) considered and dismissed removing the threat of criminal sanctions on coal executives who access the funding inappropriately, to ensure funded emission reduction upgrades are genuine and would not have occurred otherwise.
The Australia Institute welcomes the Victorian Parliament passing Government legislation giving the Minister for Energy the power to fast-track the building of transmission infrastructure necessary to ensure reliability of supply.
“Last night the Victorian Parliament gave the Energy Minister the power to lead where COAG Energy Council is too slow and quickly upgrade Victoria's electricity transmission network to maintain reliability,” said Dan Cass, Energy Policy & Regulatory Lead at the Australia Institute.
As the Victorian Government announces it will allow over 100 gas wells on some of Victoria’s prime farmland, Australia Institute analysis of the Government’s own Victorian Gas Project Progress report finds the decision is based on misleading claims that exaggerate benefits, understate costs and ignore alternatives.
The Government’s Victorian Gas Project Progress report reveals only very small benefits for the state even at the largest considered production level:
by Richard Denniss
[Originally published in the Australian Financial Review, 02 March 2020]
In the summer of 2010, devastating floods hit Queensland killing 33 people, causing billions of dollars in damage, shutting coal mines, and knocking an estimated $30 billion off GDP. The then Labor Government’s promise of a budget surplus was washed away too.
The NSW Upper House Planning and Environment Committee has recommended rejection of a NSW Government bill on coal mines and their downstream, or ‘scope 3’ greenhouse emissions.
The Committee’s report finds that “considering downstream greenhouse gas emissions supports international agreements aimed at reducing emissions and combating climate change”, including the Paris Agreement ratified by Australia and endorsed by the NSW Government.
The Australia Institute welcomes the Tasmanian Government’s announcement to invest into the hydrogen industry.
‘Green’ hydrogen is produced by splitting water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen through a process of electrolysis.
“Hydrogen has been touted as a renewable energy source, but that is only true if the energy used to create it in the first place is not a fossil fuel like coal or gas,” said Leanne Minshull, Director of the Australia Institute Tasmania