Better energy efficiency lowers electricity bills, manages energy demand and helps the climate. Unfortunately, Australia is going nowhere on this cheap, simple measure.
Better, cleaner buildings could deliver a quarter of Australia’s greenhouse gas reductions.
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Energy upgrades to Australia’s buildings could meet a quarter of our climate goals.
Australia will likely have to close more coal power stations to meet climate targets.
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Australia’s energy watchdog has warned that closing coal power stations could leave us vulnerable to supply problems. But not if we help take the pressure off the grid.
Airlines have saved energy by changing flight routes and modifying wings for better fuel use.
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Companies could improve their profits 2-10% each year by saving energy, according to a world-first attempt to assess energy performance.
An LNG tanker leaves Gladstone, Queensland. Gas development is one of the drivers behind Australia’s increasing emissions and electricity demand.
Over the past year Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions from electricity rose 2.7%.
Renewable energy is at the more expensive end of the emissions cost curve, but is a vital piece of the bigger picture.
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Australia’s greenhouse emissions are once again rising, after a decade of consistent declines. But the right policies are already in place to turn things around - they just need to be ramped up.
Plugging in: more energy efficient cars are just one of the ways to improve energy productivity.
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‘Energy productivity’ is the new buzz-phrase in energy and climate policy, what even is it?
The long view: Australia is bidding to boost energy productivity by 40% by 2030, but other countries are already doing more.
Australia’s federal government wants to boost ‘energy productivity’ by 40% by 2030. A good idea, but the plan needs to cut energy use, not just deliver more economic bang for the energy buck.
Switching to alternative energy sources, such as renewables, and using more electric cars could double Australia’s energy productivity.
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A new report shows Australia can and should double its energy productivity, increasing economic productivity while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey hosting the recent G20 finance ministers’ meeting in Sydney, a lead-up event to November’s Brisbane Summit.
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When Australia hosts the G20 Leaders’ Summit in November, a top agenda item for its “Brisbane Action Plan” will be “practical actions to improve productivity and competitiveness”. So here’s a good place…