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Low carbon growth plan for Australia /

by ClimateWorks Australia.

Publisher: Clayton, Vic. ClimateWorks Australia 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2010 Bibliography : p. 144-155Summary: The Low Carbon Growth Plan (LCGP) for Australia provides the first comprehensive economy-wide blueprint for how Australia can achieve an ambitious reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, whilst also building a growing low-carbon economy.Availability: (1)

Making the switch : Australian clean energy policies /

by The Climate Institute.

Publisher: The Climate Institute 2007Description: PDF.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Markets to reduce pollution : cheaper than expected /

by Daley, John | Grattan Institute | Edis, Tristan.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Grattan Institute 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Grattan Institute report : no. 2010-7.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 2010 Bibliography : 23-25Summary: Technology innovation is the key to reducing carbon emissions. Markets may not be perfect, but they are consistently effective at identifying lower cost opportunities, promoting innovation, and responding flexibly to changes. Markets are likely to deliver more innovation at lower cost than governments expect.Availability: (1)

More than luck: ideas Australia needs now /

by Centre for Policy Development.

Publisher: Centre for Policy Development July 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

National Energy Policy - framework 2030 : strategic directions paper /

by Department of Resources, Energy & tourism.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Department of Resources, Energy & Tourism. 2009Description: PDF.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 2/06/2009 11:33:44 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseSummary: This document sets the scene for the development of the Energy White Paper by broadly mapping out its intended scope and identifying some of the specific work being undertaken as input for consideration. The release of this document will be followed by the release of a series of detailed discussion papers in March and April 2009. The discussion papers will address international energy; realising Australia s energy resource potential; the legal, institutional and governance framework; competitive markets, structural reform and investment; maximising the value of technology in the energy sector; and our people, demographics, workforce and Indigenous participation.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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)

Renewable revolution : low-carbon energy by 2030 /

by Sawin, Janet L | Worldwatch Institute | Moomaw, William R.

Publisher: Washington, DC Worldwatch Institute 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The transition to a highly efficient economy that utilizes renewable energy is essential for developed and developing countries alike. This is the only way that degradation of Earth's climate system can be halted, and the only real option for raising billions of people out of poverty. The current reliance on fossil fuels is not supportable by poor developing countries, and increasing demand for fossil fuels is creating dangerous competition for remaining available resources of oil and gas. The challenge is to devise a transition strategy that improves the lives of all citizens by providing them with essential energy services that do not disrupt the climate system, degrade the environment, or create conflict over resources. Recent advances in technology and policy will allow renewable energy and energy efficiency to play major roles in meeting global energy service demand while reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the next two decades, displacing fossil fuels with only modest incremental costs.Availability: (1)

Renewables 2011 : Global Status Report /

by Sawin, Janet L | REN21 : Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century | Barnes, Douglas | Martinot, Eric.

Publisher: Paris, France REN21 2011Description: PDF.Other title: REN21 Global Status Report ; 2011.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p.. 95-114Summary: Changes in renewable energy markets, investments, industries, and policies have been so rapid in recent years that perceptions of the status of renewable energy can lag years behind the reality. This report captures that reality and provides a unique overview of renewable energy worldwide as of early 2011. The report covers both current status and key trends; by design, it does not provide analysis or forecast the future.Availability: (1)

Report of the Prime Minister's Task Group on Energy Efficiency /

by Australia. Department of Climate Change and Energy fficiency.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australia. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 2010 Bibliography : p. 265-270 Chair: Martin ParkinsonSummary: The former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd established a Task Group on Energy Efficiency to advise the Australian Government, by mid-2010, on options to improve Australia's energy efficiency by 2020. The Task Group's terms of reference were explicit in focusing on the need to deliver a step-change improvement in energy efficiency by 2020. In order to be at the forefront of OECD energy efficiency improvement Australia will need to take dramatic and sustained action.Availability: (1)

Response to Seven Myths about Green Jobs and Green Jobs Myths /

by Pollin, Robert | University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Political Economy esearch Institute.

Publisher: Amherst, Mass. Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), University of Massachusetts-Amherst 2009Description: HTML.Other title: University of Massachusetts-Amherst. University of.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: INTO AND OUT OF WORKAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Submission to Department of the Environment : emissions reduction fund : green paper /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2014Description: 12 p. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: February 2014Summary: Significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions are available in the residential sector. However, as the Green Paper recognises, these potential savings are dispersed across thousands of households. Unless the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) is specifically designed to help unlock the savings in the residential sector it is quite possible that limited activity will occur in this sector. ; This would be unfortunate as involving the residential sector, and low-income households in particular, has the potential to provide multiple benefits. ; The focus, and primary metric, for the ERF should remain on dollar per tonne of carbon abated. However, in designing the ERF the Commonwealth Government should seek to maximise the potential for residential sector involvement. The additional benefits may include: ; - enabling more households to participate in society-wide efforts to reduce emissions ; - helping households mitigate the impact of high energy prices ; - addressing market failures and other barriers to energy efficiency ; - making homes more resistant to climate extremes. ; Many of the benefits are likely to be magnified in low-income households. Evidence from past energy efficiency programs suggests incentives to reduce emissions in low-income households may also lead to more additional activity than incentives for higher income households (Wasi & Carson 2013). ; Our recommendations focus on the residential sector. [Extract]Availability: (1)

Take action on electric hot water and air-conditioning /

by Fregon, Kevin | Moreland Energy Foundation.

Publisher: Brunswick, Vic. Moreland Energy Foundation 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The 'Take Action on Electric Hot Water and Air-Conditioning' (Take Action) project was funded by the Sustainability Fund, managed by Sustainability Victoria, and undertaken by the Moreland Energy Foundation Limited (MEFL) over two years, from May 2007 to August 2009. It was undertaken as part of the Victorian Government's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from households by 10 per cent by 2010, and to reduce Victoria's overall emissions by 2050 to 60 per cent below the level they were at in 2000. MEFL brought to the project significant experience and expertise in research into residential energy use, community action programs and the development of practical and policy solutions. The project focused on two significant and inefficient uses of electricity in households, hot water and air-conditioning systems. It aimed to establish a solid research base that could increase understanding of the penetration of these systems, to trial innovative approaches that could reduce electricity useand greenhouse gas emissions, and explore opportunities for and barriers against such environmental action. Take Action surveyed residents from 564 existing homes in Victoria on the types of hot water and cooling systems (both passive and mechanical) that were installed and developed a database which can be used to estimate the potential of retrofitting initiatives targeting air-conditioning and hot water systems. More than 100 homes were then inspected to assess their hot water and thermal performance so the most effective retrofitting activities could be identified for two trials in 20 selected households and 1 common laundry.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Taking action for Victoria's future : Victorian Climate Change White Paper - the action plan /

by Victoria. Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

Publisher: East Melbourne, Vic. Victoria. Department of the Premier and Cabinet 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Climate change white paper action plan.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 2010Summary: This White Paper Action Plan has been developed through a lengthy process of consultation which started with the release of a Green Paper in June 2009, followed by rounds of submissions and local meetings to gather community views and new ideas. Victoria firmly believes in the need for a well-designed emissions trading scheme in Australia to deliver our part of agreed international targets. The disappointing outcome at Copenhagen and the defeat of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme legislation has created uncertainty for the public and business alike. But the failure to achieve a globally binding agreement and the absence of a price on carbon in Australia should not be an excuse for inaction.Availability: (1)

The boomerang paradox : how a nation's wealth is creating fuel poverty - and how to defuse the cycle /

by Simshauser, Paul | Nelson, Tim | Doan, Thao.

Publisher: North Sydney, N.S.W. AGL 2010Description: PDF.Other title: AGL Applied Economic & Policy Research working paper ; no. 17.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: April 2010 Bibliography pp. 28-30Summary: A characteristic of advanced economies is continual growth in household income and plunging costs of electric appliances. In Australia, increases in household floor-space combined with power prices that are among the lowest in the world have resulted in rapid growth in peak demand. The power grid in turn requires substantial incremental generating and network capacity, which is utilized momentarily at best. As the cost of augmentation is gradually revealed, fuel poverty seems predictable. We call this the Boomerang Paradox; the nation's rising wealth has created the pre-conditions for fuel poverty. But appropriate and timely policy settings can defuse its effects.Availability: (1)

The case for action : creating a clean energy future /

by Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

Publisher: Arlington, VA Pew Center on Global Climate Change 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2010Summary: The United States needs strong action now to reduce the risks of climate change, strengthen our energy independence, protect our national security, and create new jobs and economic opportunities. The Pew Center on Global Climate Change believes that the case for action on climate change has never been stronger. With a strong energy and climate policy the United States can lead the 21st century clean energy economyAvailability: (1)

The implicit price of carbon in the electricity sector of six major economies : final report /

by Vivid Economics.

Publisher: London Vivid Economics 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: October 2010 Report prepared for The Climate Institute Bibliography : p. 93-96Summary: This report considers policies to promote low-carbon electricity generation in six major economies: Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, the UK and the US. These six countries accounted for just under half (46 per cent) of global emissions. In all six countries, including those without emissions trading schemes or carbon taxes, domestic policies are creating some financial incentive to produce low-carbon electricity and, consequently, an implicit price on carbon. The aim of this report is to capture the extent to which policy in a country increases the incentive for low-carbon electricity generation; either through increasing the price received, or reducing the costs incurred, by low-carbon generators.Availability: (1)

Tools for delivering on green growth /

by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Publisher: Paris, France Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2011 Bibliography : 24-25Summary: The OECD Green Growth Strategy aims to provide concrete recommendations and measurement tools to support countries efforts to achieve economic growth and development, while at the same time ensure that natural assets continue to provide the resources and environmental services on which our well-being relies. The strategy proposes a flexible policy framework that can be tailored to different country circumstances and stages of development.Availability: (1)

U.S. global climate change policy : evolving views on cost, competitiveness, and comprehensiveness /

by Parker, Larry | United States. Congressional Research Service | Blodgett, John | Yacobucci, Brent D.

Publisher: Washington, DC United States. Congressional Research Service 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: June 25, 2010Summary: The nature of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (particularly carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions) makes their control difficult to integrate with the U.S economy and traditional U.S. energy policy. Despite the obvious interrelationship between energy policy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the United States has struggled to integrate the two. For a country that has traditionally used its relatively cheap supply of energy to substitute for more expensive labor and capital costs to compete internationally, this linkage is particularly strong, as witnessed by the nation?s high GHG emissions per capita. In the face of this economic reality, along with continuing scientific uncertainty, debate over a greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction program can be categorized by three inter-related Cs: Cost, Competitiveness, and Comprehensiveness.Availability: (1)

Warmth in a changing climate : how should the government encourage households to use renewable heat? /

by Pendleton, Andrew | Institute for Public Policy Research | Viitanen, Jenni.

Publisher: London, U.K. Institute for Public Policy Research 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 2011 Bibliography : p. 22Summary: Meeting the targets for emissions reduction set in the Climate Change Act 2008 will require significant changes in the technology used by households to provide heat. This briefing considers the options for decarbonising household heat, examines the barriers policymakers face and reflects on the findings from four focus groups with consumers.Availability: (1)

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