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A bright future : 25% renewable energy for Australia by 2020 /

by Rutovitz, Jay | Australian Conservation Foundation | Wakeham, Mark | Richter, Monica.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Greenpeace Australia Pacific 2007Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: A report by Australian Conservation Foundation, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, and Climate Action Network Australia April 2007 Bibliography : p. 26-27Summary: Climate change threatens the human, economic, and environmental future of Australia. Temperatures are set to rise by up to 6 C by 2100 unless we act now. Even a 1 C rise would see drought increase by up to 70 per ; cent in NSW, and regular bleaching of over half of the Great Barrier Reef. The actions we take, or fail to take, in the next fi ve years will decide whether we cross the threshold of dangerous climate change. Any plan for deep cuts in greenhouse emissions entails a major roll-out of renewable energy technologies. Countries around the world have introduced ambitious renewable energy targets to reduce emissions and ensure that they get a slice of the rapidly growing renewable energy market. Australia is missing this opportunity. A 25 per cent by 2020 legislated renewable energy target would see Australia join the global clean energy revolution. Combined with medium energy effi ciency measures, the target would conservatively deliver: 16,600 new jobs, Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Analysis of job creation and energy cost savings : from building energy rating and disclosure policy /

by Burr, Andrew C | Institute for Market Transformation | Majersik, Cliff | Stellberg, Sarah.

Publisher: Amherst, Mass. Institute for Market Transformation 2012; Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), University of 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2012Summary: "As part of efforts to reduce urban emissions, major cities and states, including New York City, San Francisco, the District of Columbia, and California, are now requiring building owners and operators to measure and disclose building energy performance. Such policies are expected to expand significantly in the coming years. In this study, produced with the Institute for Market Transformation, Heidi Garrett-Peltier analyzes the broader impact of these policies. Garrett-Peltier finds that they have the potential to create more than 23,000 new jobs in 2015 and more than 59,000 in 2020, along with significant savings in costs and energy consumption." -- ideas.repec.orgAvailability: (1)

Australian sustainable energy : zero carbon Australia stationary energy plan /

by Wright, Matthew | University of Melbourne. Melbourne Energy Institute | Hearps, Patrick.

Publisher: Parkville, Vic. University of Melbourne. Melbourne Energy Institute 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes bibliographical referencesSummary: Zero Carbon Australia outlines a coherent and thoroughly researched blueprint showing how 100% renewable energy is achievable using technologies that are commercially available today: wind power and concentrating solar thermal with molten salt storage. It goes through the options, costs and benefits, confirming that a 10 year transformation of the stationary energy sector is achievable and affordable. This will also add huge stimulus to the new green economy and create jobs.Availability: (1)

Clean Energy Australia 2010 /

by Clean Energy Council.

Publisher: Southbank, Vic. Clean Energy Council 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: The Clean Energy Australia report provides a snapshot of the industry for 2010. It includes new modelling that predicts the creation of more than 55,000 clean energy jobs over the next decade, many of which will be in regional areas. It also includes data on the installation of household solar power.Availability: (1)

Climate change 2007 : mitigation of climate change : summary for policymakers. /

by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Publisher: 2007Description: PDF.Notes: URL: 'http://www.mnp.nl/ipcc/docs/FAR/Approved%20SPM%20WGIII_0705rev5.pdf' Checked: 6/10/2008 10:41:50 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Energy affordability, living standards and emissions trading : assessing the social impacts of achieving deep cuts in Australian greenhouse emissions. Report to The Climate Institute /

by Hatfield-Dodds, Steve | CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems | Denniss, Richard.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems 2008Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: June 2008 Bibliography : p. 37-38Summary: This report was commissioned by The Climate Institute to explore the potential social impacts of achieving deep cuts in Australian greenhouse gas emissions through the introduction of emissions trading.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Energy democracy : community-scale green energy solutions /

by Fazen, Amy McKnight | Center for Social Inclusion | James, Kimberly.

Publisher: New York, NY Center for Social Inclusion 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Energy Democracy is a policy framework with the goal of transforming neglected and isolated communities in the United States, often poor, and often communities of color into energy producers who contribute to the nation's overall capacity, add clean energy to the grid, enhance their economic and political ties across the region, and supply their own energy needs. Without intervention, communities of color risk missing a transformative opportunity for a meaningful role in America's changing energy economy.Availability: (1)

Energy shock : confronting higher prices /

by Australian Industry Group.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Australian Industry Group 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: February 2011Summary: This report on energy prices from the Australian Industry Group highlights the urgency of a political consensus on Australia's clean energy future, including a price on carbon and greater energy efficiency, but also adequate safeguards to prevent low-income households plunging further into poverty, according to the Australian Council of Social ServiceAvailability: (1)

Energy use in the Australian residential sector : 1986-2020 /

by Australia. Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts 2008Description: xii, 210 p. : ill.Notes: Includes bibliographical references.Summary: Climate change is recognised as one of the greatest challenges facing Australia, and the world today. The consumption of energy in the residential sector is a significant contributor to Australia's stationary energy greenhouse gas emissions. It is therefore imperative that detailed and accurate quantification of energy consumption is used as a basis for the development of climate change response strategies.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Europe's next economy : the benefits of and barriers to the low-carbon transition /

by Straw, Will | Nash, David | Balfour, Reuben.

Publisher: London, U.K. Institute for Public Policy Research 2012Description: PDF, 43 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2012Summary: This report examines the competing views of the transition to a low-carbon economy of businesses across Europe. With partner thinktanks in France, Germany, Spain and Poland, we brought together businesses and industry associations in four roundtable discussions. Businesses in each country were characterised by their own domestic concerns. In France, much of the debate centred on the presidential election, the economic crisis, protectionism and energy supply. In Germany, the debate focused on the uncertainty brought on by the German government's decision to cease nuclear production, which has caused concern around rising energy prices. In Spain, discussions focused on the eurozone crisis and Spain's austerity measures, which appeared to hamper climate change policy. In Poland, much of the debate focused on Poland's reliance on coal as a source of energy making reducing emissions in Poland economically and politically difficult. However, our findings show that even with these national differences in mind, the debates about climate change and the level of the EU's ambition are similar throughout the continent. Indeed, in every country there is a dichotomy of businesses set to benefit from the low-carbon transition and those that believe they will lose out.Availability: (1)

Green streets, strong communities : what communities can do for emissions reductions and what emissions reductions can do for communities /

by Platt, Reg | Cook, Will | Pendleton, Andrew.

Publisher: London, U.K. Institute for Public Policy Research 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 2011 Includes bibliographical referencesSummary: This is an evaluation of the British Gas Green Streets community energy challenge in which 14 groups from dramatically different communities in England, Scotland and Wales were selected to spend a share of 2 million on a variety of microgeneration and energy efficiency measures in community buildings and surrounding households in pursuit of three objectives: to save energy, to generate energy, and to engage the wider community.Availability: (1)

Green taxes and charges : reducing their impact on low-income households. /

by Ekins, Paul | Dresner, Simon.

Publisher: York, U.K. Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Policy Studies Institute 2004Description: HTML.Notes: Bibliography: p. 51-53Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Is there a Green Paradox? /

by Hoel, Michael.

Publisher: Munich, Germany CESifo 2010Description: PDF.Other title: CESifo working paper ; no. 3168.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 2010 Bibliography : p. 24-26Summary: A sufficiently rapidly rising carbon tax may increase near-term emissions compared with the case of no carbon tax. Even so, such a carbon tax path may reduce total costs related to climate change, since the tax may reduce total carbon extraction. A government cannot commit to a specific carbon tax rate in the distant future. For reasonable assumptions about expectation formation, a higher present carbon tax will reduce near-term carbon emissions. Moreover, whatever the expectations about future tax rates are, near-term emissions will decline for a sufficiently high carbon tax. However, if the near-term tax rate for some reason is set below its optimal level, increased concern for the climate may change taxes in a manner that increases near-term emissions.Availability: (1)

Is There Really a Green Paradox? /

by van der Ploeg, Frederick | Withagen, Cees.

Publisher: Munich, Germany CESifo 2010Description: PDF.Other title: CESifo working paper series ; no. 2963.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: February 2010 Bibliography : p. 30-31Summary: The Green Paradox states that, in the absence of a tax on CO2 emissions, subsidizing a renewable backstop such as solar or wind energy brings forward the date at which fossil fuels become exhausted and consequently global warming is aggravated. We shed light on this issue by solving a model of depletion of non-renewable fossil fuels followed by a switch to a renewable backstop, paying attention to timing of the switch and the amount of fossil fuels remaining unexploited. We show that the Green Paradox occurs for relatively expensive but clean backstops (such as solar or wind), but does not occur if the backstop is sufficiently cheap relative to marginal global warming damages (e.g., nuclear energy) as then it is attractive to leave fossil fuels unexploited and thus limit CO2 emissions. We show that, without a CO2 tax, subsidizing the backstop might enhance welfare. If the backstop is relatively dirty and cheap (e.g., coal), there might be a period with simultaneous use of the non-renewable and renewable fuels. If the backstop is very dirty compared to oil or gas (e.g., tar sands), there is no simultaneous use. The optimum policy requires an initially rising CO2 tax followed by a gradually declining CO2 tax once the dirty backstop has been introduced. We also discuss the potential for limit pricing when the non-renewable resource is owned by a monopolist.Availability: (1)

National Energy Savings Initiative : issues paper /

by Australia. Department of Climate Change and Energy fficiency.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australian Government 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 2011 Appendices pp. 83-92Summary: In late 2009, the Australian Government committed to establish a Prime Minister's Task Group on Energy Efficiency (the Task Group). The Task Group reported to the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and the Minister for Resources and Energy on options to deliver a step change in energy efficiency by 2020 and place Australia at the forefront of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) energy efficiency improvement.Availability: (1)

New protectionism under carbon pricing : case studies of LNG, coal mining and steel sectors /

by Edis, Tristan | Grattan Institute | Wood, Tony.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Grattan Institute 2011Description: PDF.Other title: Grattan Institute report ; no. 2011-6.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 2011 Bibliography : p. 59-63Summary: The Federal Government has released a Clean Energy Plan and a draft of a Clean Energy Bill 2011 as part of its response to climate change. The plan provides assistance to Australia's emissions-intensive trade-exposed industries, which have argued that they should not pay a full price for their carbon pollution, or that taxpayers should pay them to reduce their emissions. There is a legitimate role for government to protect industries by exempting them from some of their carbon pollution costs, where there is a credible threat that this could result in production shifting overseas without any improvement in global emissions (known as carbon leakage). However exemptions must be tightly targeted, because they increases the cost borne by the rest of the community to achieve Australia?s emission reduction targets. This report scrutinises three industries prominent in their claims for exemptions and other assistance: black coal; liquefied natural gas (LNG); and steel. It finds that taking into account recent commodity prices and exchange rates, the level of protection in the draft legislation is unjustified and costly.Availability: (1)

Priced out : the plight of low income families and young people living in fuel poverty /

by Barnardos.

Publisher: Essex, U.K. Barnardos 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: February 2012 Appendix pp. 28-29 Glossary pp. 30-33 Bibliography pp. 34-36Summary: The most recent official statistics from 2009 show that four million households in England were living in fuel poverty. The number of families living in fuel poverty increased significantly from one in 50 in 2003, to one in 10 by 2009. However, as Consumer Focus has highlighted, the problem may have become worse as current unofficial estimates for 2011 put the actual level of fuel poverty at just over five million households. Low income is a key driver of fuel poverty, whereby around 33 per cent of the poorest fifth of households are living in fuel poverty. Some groups are at greater risk of living in fuel poverty : for example around one in five lone parents, and a similar proportion of households in the private rented sector, are living in fuel poverty.Availability: (1)

Quality of service delivery : meeting the needs of a diverse population. /

by Siemon, Don | Victorian Council Of Social Service policy development forum (1994 17 June ).

Publisher: 1994Description: 6 leaves.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Renewable energy investment opportunities and abatement in Australia /

by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Bloomberg New Energy Finance 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Commissioned by The Climate Institute and Westpac May 2010Availability: (1)

Renewable Energy Technology Cost Review /

by Hearps, Patrick | University of Melbourne. Melbourne Energy Institute | McConnell, Dylan.

Publisher: Parkville, Vic. University of Melbourne. Melbourne Energy Institute Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2011 Bibliography : p. 56-57Summary: This paper has undertaken a review of current and future costs of three forms of renewable energy technology, comparing data from a range of international and Australian-specific studies, taking care to compare data on the same basis of financial assumptions (discount rates) and resource quality. The purpose was to compare both the current costs, along with the rate of decrease, and the reason for differences between the studies.Availability: (1)

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