Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), modelling a range of fossil-fuel scenarios against the cost of 100% renewable energy in 2030, have found that coal-fired electricity may have little or no economic future in Australia - even if carbon capture and storage (CCS) becomes commercially available.
The Australian Greens have welcomed reports that the World Bank will no longer fund coal-fired power stations in poor countries.
National Greenhouse Accounts released yesterday show Australia’s carbon pollution fell slightly during 2012, even though the economy continued to grow, due mainly to lower greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity generation sector.
The Gillard government is moving to improve measurement and reporting of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere from coal seam gas (CSG) exploration and production. A discussion paper released today sets out proposals to introduce new CSG-specific measurement and estimation methods into Australia’s greenhouse gas reporting framework.
Auckland War Memorial Museum has achieved a milestone in its sustainability efforts by cutting its carbon footprint during 2012 by 21%, taking its reduction over the past two years to 31%. This result means the museum expects to spend 35% less on electricity and gas in 2013 compared to what was spent in its benchmark year of 2010.
A newly established joint research centre at Curtin University will help secure future energy supplies and reduce CO2 emissions from both Australia and China.
Low Carbon Australia is financing an $11 million pilot energy-generation project at Traralgon in Victoria that demonstrates the potential for power security across Australia’s eastern seaboard. NovaPower will use high-efficiency Caterpillar gas-fired engines in an innovative solution that provides lower-emissions power and defers network investments, thus reducing costs to electricity users.
The Australian-based Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) has commended the latest report by the international ENGO Network on carbon capture and storage (CCS), calling for more governmental support for CCS development.
The pitt&sherry Carbon Emissions Index (CEDEX) for November indicates that greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation have fallen to their lowest level for 10 years. CEDEX has been providing early indicators for key greenhouse gas emission trends in Australia since 2007.
The Gillard government’s Clean Energy Future package will reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and transform the economy, according to projections from the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.
Emissions of greenhouse gases in the European Union (EU) fell on average by 2.5% from 2010 to 2011, although several countries increased emissions. Almost all European countries are individually on track towards their commitments under the Kyoto Protocol compared to last year.
Australia has announced that it will join the Climate and Clean Air Coalition - an alliance of over two dozen nations, intergovernmental organisations, the private sector and civil society, committed to rapid action to reduce short-lived but highly potent pollution caused by methane, black carbon (soot), tropospheric ozone (smog) and hydrofluorocarbons.
Research from carbon analytics firm RepuTex shows power generation from Australia’s renewable energy sector has risen dramatically over recent months, on the back of strong winds across Australia’s eastern seaboard and reduced output from brown coal generators.
Researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) have shed some light on why some countries are more reluctant to agree to an international carbon price than others.
CO2 Group has announced that it has signed a joint venture agreement with Asia Energy Development Partners (AEDP), a Singapore-based carbon and renewable energy specialist, to establish CO2 Asia. This new company will specialise in the development and commercialisation of projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol.