The argument that “if we don’t sell it, someone else will” works for the street-level drug dealing. Coal exports are different – and here’s how.
Even as renewables boom like never before, our reliance on fossil fuels remains stubbornly high. One problem? The rebound effect
Coal producers in Australia have seen a sudden upswing in prices and demand amid an energy crisis. It can’t continue, as China moves to shore up energy independence and cut emissions.
New technologies will enable steel production without coal. Australia stands to benefit greatly in the shift to green steel – if we’re ready.
Any climate gains from Japan’s shift will be wiped out entirely unless Australia moves to zero-emissions ammonia production.
When Prime Minister Scott Morrison returns from the Glasgow climate summit, he must start a proper national conversation on net-zero.
Japan, South Korea and China are all moving away from overseas coal financing. For Australia, the writing is on the wall – the clean energy transition is inevitable.
China is changing, and it’s time Australia’s coal exporters faced up to this reality.
The Paris Agreement desperately needs to be updated. Currently the big exporters take no responsibility for the emissions created when those fossil fuels are burned overseas.
Many Asian nations are shunning fossil fuels, presenting a huge opportunity for Australia’s renewables sector. And one massive project has stepped up to the plate.
Australia’s increasingly fractious relationship with China has taken another blow after the ‘Quad’ meeting in Tokyo.
The Japanese government will retire its fleet of old, inefficient coal-fired generation by 2030. If Japan’s commitment to coal weakens, our exports can expect a big hit.
Some coal workers have the right skills and work in the right location to get a job in renewables. But many, such as semi-skilled machine operators, cannot.
The standoff over Australian coal imports through Dalian sends a powerful political message: that Beijing can turn imports off and on at will.
The ‘thin green line’ of resistance against any new infrastructure for shipping oil, gas and coal abroad has won many battles. But it faces a new source of pressure: the Trump administration.
China is North Korea’s biggest trading partner by far, giving the former a great deal of leverage over the behavior of its neighbor.
Coal exporting countries could buffer the transition to low carbon economies by taxing coal production or exports.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said his government’s 2030 climate target will be good for the environment and jobs – and good for protecting the nation’s coal industry.
Experts respond to the recently-approved Shenhua Watermark coal mine.
“India needs Australian coal” is a view promoted by government and industry alike. But is there really a case for Australian coal in India? The evidence suggests not.