The new fuel efficiency standards regime will move Australia in the direction of comparable countries, but it has its critics. Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen joins the podcast to discuss this policy and more
Australia leads the world in rooftop solar per head. Can this small-scale power source be the secret weapon to fire up our struggling transition to net zero?
Coal mine near Muswellbrook in the Hunter Valley, NSW.
Australia supported a phase-out of fossil fuels at the recent UN climate summit but is still expanding coal and gas production. It’s a contradiction that threatens the planet. There is a better way.
Australia’s latest climate change statement shows we have little hope of reaching net zero emissions by 2050. There’s good news on the 2030 target, but then what?
Queensland Premier Annastacis Paluszczuk opens Australia’s first Hydrogen Centre of Excellence in 2022.
Australian governments have invested a lot of hope in hydrogen to help drive the net zero transition, but concrete policies are urgently needed or we will lose our hydrogen advantage to other nations.
A 2023 rally against a proposed wind farm off the Wollongong coast.
Australia’s clean energy transition cannot succeed unless the government opens debate and decision-making to many more voices.
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The Climate statement, prepared by departmental officials, will be released by the Minister for Climate and Energy Chris Bowen on Thursday with updated security warnings.
Yadlamalka Energy’s solar farm at Neuroodla, South Australia.
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The Australian Labor government’s expanded Capacity Investment Scheme gives us a better chance of hitting high renewable energy targets. It’s not without risk but well worth the rewards.
For Australia to shift to a net zero economy, its big polluters need to cut emissions. A get-out clause buried in the policy makes it unlikely that they will, and the result will be devastating.
In this podcast, former Labor climate change minister Greg Combet joins The Conversation to discuss net-zero, and Australia's future as a "renewable energy superpower".
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When Australia’s government and opposition argue over how to get to net zero emissions, nuclear power is the flashpoint. The argument against nuclear is stronger, but not for the obvious reason.
Treasurer Jim Chalmers at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Wednesday, October 25 2023.
This is probably a good thing for the government, because the transition to renewables isn’t going as well as it needs to
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Most people accept our energy system must move from fossil fuels, especially coal, to renewables as soon as practicable. But there are serious obstacles on the ground – literally.
The costing, put out by the Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen, is a pre-emptive strike against the opposition, which is moving to include nuclear power in the energy policy it takes to the next election
Peter Dutton has been open since the election about nuclear energy being on the Coalition’s agenda - but that has allowed the government, especially Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen, to attack the idea
Like the Liberals, the Greens have a base that is split between hardliners and moderates. At the radical end, their activists don’t want compromise on core issues; its mainstream voters want outcomes.
More must be done to ensure the Albanese government truly delivers the emissions reductions it has promised.
The PM will be notably missing from the COP27 leaders summit in Egypt early next week. Chris Bowen, minister for climate change and energy, will represent Australia later in the conference.
The important change sends a direct signal for more investment in renewable energy, and comes not a moment too soon.
Labor won’t concede to the Greens’ core demands on the bill, but a climate “trigger” on new developments could ensure the bill has real force.