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Australian Government Prioritizes Natural Gas Production While Certain States and Territories Seek to Decrease Usage
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Australian Government Prioritizes Natural Gas Production While Certain States and Territories Seek to Decrease Usage

Australia is party to the Paris Agreement, under which, it had pledged to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. However, Australia’s economy is heavily reliant on the fossil fuel industry – the major contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.In 2020, Australia was ranked as the world’s 7th highest natural gas producer, with an annual production...

Australia: Climate Progress Report
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Australia: Climate Progress Report

KEY INDICATORS Greenhouse gas emissions by Australian Corporations (Annual) The greenhouse gases emissions include release of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) and specified kinds of hydro fluorocarbons and perfluorocarbons. This indicator will be able to advise us on the progress of Australia’s goal in achieving 50% reduction. Australia currently...

Climate Justice in Australia
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Climate Justice in Australia

HIGHLIGHTS Communities living near coal-fired power plants in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Northern Territory and Tasmania NARRATIVE Coal combustion produces hazardous air pollutants which include sulphur dioxide, mercury, particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, carbon dioxide and arsenic. As per Environmental Justice Australia’s analysis report, Australia’s coal mines have increased PM10 particles by 61% in...

Australia: The 2021 Climate Year in Review
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Australia: The 2021 Climate Year in Review

HIGHLIGHTS Next Generation Electric Bus Depot Project Australia’s Partnership with Papua New Guinea and Fiji to Reduce Emissions Climate Services for Agriculture Program Prototype Australia’s Long Term Emission Reduction Plan (presented at COP 26) NARRATIVE Next Generation Electric Bus Deport Project One fifth of Australia’s emissions come from transport. Therefore, vehicle electrification is required to...

Strategic Priorities for Australia
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Strategic Priorities for Australia

Priorities Adopt Energy Management System Standard ISO 50001 Establish National Renewable Energy Information Centres Use Low Emissions Carbon Materials (Steel and Aluminium)   Narrative Adapt energy management system standard (ISO 50001) Greenhouse gas emissions from the industrial sector make up 28% of total emissions in Australia. Emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels to generate...

Climate Scorecard Progress Report for Australia
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Climate Scorecard Progress Report for Australia

This report is in the form of memos from Climate Scorecard Country Managers to Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework to Combat Climate Change (UNFCCC). Below is a description of the progress the country has made made in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015 and the...

Low Cost of Renewables Outweigh Making Investments in Nuclear Energy in Australia
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Low Cost of Renewables Outweigh Making Investments in Nuclear Energy in Australia

This post was submitted by Australia Country Manager Julian Atchison Nuclear power production is currently not permitted in Australia under two pieces of Commonwealth legislation, as well as a host of state-level laws. The two Commonwealth laws prohibit the “approval, licensing, construction, or operation of a nuclear fuel fabrication plant; a nuclear power plant; an...

Minimum Public Awareness of Positives of Climate Action in Australia
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Minimum Public Awareness of Positives of Climate Action in Australia

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Australia Country Manager Julian Atchison As detailed in our last post, Australia’s emission reduction efforts are not producing the necessary results. Emissions from industry, transport and from the gas extraction/processing industry are rising fast enough to offset cuts in the electricity sector. And, there is the nagging issue...

Australia’s Current Emissions—From Energy, Transport, and Industrial Processes Have Risen 18% Since 1990
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Australia’s Current Emissions—From Energy, Transport, and Industrial Processes Have Risen 18% Since 1990

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Australia Country Manager Julian AtchisonAustralia’s current emissions—emissions from energy, transport, and industrial processes have risen 18% since 1990 The latest official government figures for Australia’s overall emissions show they have fallen to levels not seen since the mid 90s. Since 1990, there’s been about a 20% fall: Source:...

Spotlight: the “Carbon Neutral Adelaide” initiative in Australia
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Spotlight: the “Carbon Neutral Adelaide” initiative in Australia

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Australia Country Manager Julian AtchisonAdelaide, South Australia For a country renowned for its intransigence to climate action at a federal level, Australian state and local governments (councils) are taking very forward looking steps. In particular, councils in Australia’s biggest cities are leading the charge with huge reductions in...

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