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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).

A clean solution : tackling climate change and sustainable development through clean technology /

by Herz, Steve.

Publisher: Camperdown, N.S.W. Action Aid 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: ActionAid report which argues that a truly green energy revolution is needed to meet both climate and poverty goals.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

A Just Transition to a Renewable Energy Economy in the Hunter Region, Australia /

by Bill, Anthea | Mitchell, William | Welters, Riccardo.

Publisher: Callaghan, N.S.W Centre for Full Employment and Equity 2008Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: This Report was commissioned by Greenpeace Australia and demonstrates major benefits to the Hunter and nearby Wyong region from shifting from coal-fired power to a renewable energy economy. The Report includes two energy scenarios, detailing job creation for the Hunter as a self-sufficient energy producer and as an export centre.Availability: (1)

A Low carbon and resilient urban future : a discussion paper on an integrated approach to planning for climate change /

by Norman, Barbara | Australia. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

Publisher: Barton, A.C.T. Australia. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 2010 Bibliography : 51-56Summary: This discussion paper raises issues about the challenges of increasing urbanisation and climate change, and seeks to present a more strategic approach to settlement planning in Australia for climate change. It focuses on cities and explores the issues and the barriers to change. The impacts of urbanisation and climate change bring with them opportunities to rethink how we can manage future urban growth.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

A Short Guide to Setting Up a City-Scale Retrofit Program /

by Ho, Stacy | Green for All | Rhodes-Conway, Satya.

Publisher: Oakland, CA Green For All 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Buildings represent 38.9% of U.S. primary energy use and 38% of all CO2 emissions in the U.S. Though simple, relatively low-cost measures such as insulation, and lighting upgrades can be done in almost every building to reduce energy use and save money on utility bills, current retrofitting program capacity is limited. Most existing programs are either available only to income-eligible individuals or those with the money up-front to do the work. Furthermore, many current retrofitting programs only create low-wage, short-term jobs rather than providing pathways into sustainable careers in construction and green building.Availability: (1)

Australia. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency /

by Australia. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Commonwealth Government 2010Description: HTML.Notes: WebsiteSummary: Climate change is one of the greatest economic, social, and environmental challenges of our time. Expert scientific evidence confirms that human activity is altering the climate. This is changing rainfall patterns, reducing water availability in Australia and increasing the frequency of severe weather events such as bushfires and storms. The Australian Government takes the challenge of climate change seriously. Our approach is to reduce greenhouse pollution in Australia in the short and long term; work with the international community to develop a global response that is effective and fair and to prepare for the climate change that we cannot avoid. On our website, you ll find information about the actions we are taking. But climate change is a challenge shared by all Australians so our website also includes information about actions householders and industry can take to reduce their carbon pollution.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Australia's action on climate change /

by Commonwealth. Department of Climate Change.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Commonwealth. Department of Climate Change 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The Australian Government is acting to reduce carbon pollution, create the jobs of the future and secure Australia's future prosperity. ; The Government has set ambitious targets to reduce Australia's carbon pollution emissions. The goal for Australia is to reduce carbon emissions to 25 per cent below 2000 levels by 2020, if there is a fair contribution from all emitters around the world to take strong action to reduce the risk of dangerous climate change by restraining atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases to 450 parts per million. That's reducing the average emissions of every Australian by almost a half over the next ten years. ; If the world is unable to reach agreement on a 450 parts per million target, we will still reduce our emissions in Australia by between 5 and 15 per cent below 2000 levels by 2020. To deliver these targets, prepare our economy for the future and protect our environment, the Government will introduce the Carbon Pollution Reduction sheme in 2011. We recognise our responsibility to act on behalf of future generations. We will strengthen our effort to prepare Australia for a low carbon pollution future through the Renewable Energy Target, research and development of clean energy, and measures to help households, businesses, communities and regions transition to a low carbon future.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Australia's electricity sector : ageing, inefficient and unprepared /

by Stock, Andrew | Climate Council of Australia.

Publisher: Potts Point, N.S.W. Climate Council of Australia 2014Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 73-78Summary: This report explores a number of ways to reduce Australia's emissions from the power sector. Continuing to burn coal for power in the traditional way is incompatible with addressing climate change. There are several technologies being developed that aim to store emissions from power stations under the ground, called Carbon Capture and Storage Technology (CCS). However, given Australia's ageing plants, most are likely to be too out-dated and inefficient to be candidates for retrofitting. In addition, the cost of CCS means that coal plants will struggle to compete with renewable energy in the long term.Availability: (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)

Behind the switch : pricing Ontario electricity options /

by Weis, Tim | Pembina Institute | Partington, P.J.

Publisher: Drayton Valley, Alberta Pembina Institute 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 2011 Bibliography : p. 51-56 Appendices pp. 45-50Summary: This report examines how scaling back Ontario's plans to develop renewable energy would affect electricity prices, using an integrated energy system simulator to compare two main scenarios. The first scenario is based on Ontario's current Long-Term Energy Plan, in which a large part of new electricity generation comes from additional renewable capacity supported under the Green Energy Act; the second scenario tests the effect of eliminating the Act and largely expanding natural gas in place of future renewable resources. Behind the switch: pricing Ontario electricity options finds that Ontario consumers would see virtually no relief from high electricity prices if the province cancelled its support for renewable energy under the Green Energy Act. In fact, the study indicates that investing in renewable energy today is likely to save Ontario ratepayers money within the next 15 years, as natural gas becomes more expensive and as the cost of renewable energy technology continues to decrease.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)

Clean Energy Council /

by Clean Energy Council.

Publisher: Southbank, Vic. Clean Energy Council 2009Notes: WebsiteSummary: The Clean Energy Council is an amalgamation of the Australian Wind Energy Industry Association (Auswind) and the Australian Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE). With over 400 businesses covering a quarter of Australia's total electricity production including gas, wind, hydro and bioenergy; and in the spectrum of business in the low-emission energy and energy efficiency sectors. Including solar PV, solar hot water, biomass, geothermal and cogeneration. ; The clean energy sector is focused on tackling climate change in Australia. We maintain that as stationary energy is responsible for 50% of Australia's emissions - with electricity production by far the largest contributor. Any responsible remedy to climate change must tackle Australia's electricity mix.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Clean energy, investments, jobs and U.S economic well-being : a third response to Heritage Foundation critics /

by Pollin, Robert | Heintz, James | Garrett-Peltier, Heidi.

Publisher: Amherst, Mass. Political Economy Research Institute 2009; & Department of Economics 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Climate effects of carbon taxes, taking into account possible other future climate measures /

by Habermacher, Florian | CESifo Group | Kirchg ssner, Gebhard.

Publisher: Munich, Germany CESifo Group 2011Description: PDF.Other title: CESifo working paper ; no. 3404.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2011 Appendices pp. 21-33 Bibliography p. 33Summary: The increase of fuel extraction costs as well as of temperature will make it likely that in the medium-term future technological or political measures against global warming may be implemented. In assessments of a current climate policy the possibility of medium-term future developments like backstop technologies is largely neglected but can crucially affect its impact. Given such a future measure, a currently introduced carbon tax may more generally mitigate climate change than recent reflections along the line of the Green Paradox would suggest. Notably, the weak and the strong version of the Green Paradox, related to current and longer-term emissions, may not materialize. Moreover, the tax may allow the demanding countries to extract part of the resource rent, further increasing its desirability.Availability: (1)

ClimateWorks Australia [Website]

by ClimateWorks Australia.

Publisher: Clayton, Vic. ClimateWorks Australia 2010Description: Website.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: WebsiteSummary: ClimateWorks Australia is a non-profit collaboration hosted by Monash University in partnership with The Myer Foundation that will provide practical solutions dedicated to a sustainable and prosperous low carbon society. ClimateWorks Australia will develop projects that deliver substantive and lasting reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the fastest and most cost effective way. These will be targeted interventions that drive behavioural and structural change.Availability: (1)

Combating climate change through quality education /

by Anderson, Allison | The Brookings Institution.

Publisher: Washington, DC Global Economy and Development at Brookings 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Global Economy and Development at Brookings policy brief ;.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 2010Summary: This brief reviews the current policies and actions on climate change and the barriers to engaging the education sector in the discussions on climate change mitigation and adaptation.Availability: (1)

Dirty is the new clean : A critique of the World Bank's Strategic Framework for Development and Climate Change /

by Redman, Janet | Institute for Policy Studies | Bast, Elizabeth | Orenstein, Karen.

Publisher: Washington, DC Institute for Policy Studies 2008Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The World Bank's Strategic Framework on Development and Climate Change, a three-year flexible framework for Bank institutions, makes a strong case for urgent action on global warming. It goes so far as to say that climate change will potentially undo development gains made in recent decades in many countries, implying that climate change can trump development, no matter how much money is spent trying to achieve the United Nations' eight poverty-reducing Millennium Development Goals.Availability: (1)

Driving a green economy through public finance and fiscal policy reform : working paper /

by United Nations Environment Programme.

Publisher: Geneva, Switzerland United Nations Environment Programme 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Green economy working paper ; vol. 1.0.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography pp. 31-32Summary: A green economy (GE) can be defined as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. A GE is characterized by substantially increased investments in economic sectors that build on and enhance the Earth's natural capital or reduce ecological scarcities and environmental risks. These sectors include renewable energy, low-carbon transport, energy-efficient buildings, clean technologies, improved waste management, improved freshwater provision, sustainable agriculture and forest management, and sustainable fisheries. These investments are driven or supported by national policy reforms and the development of international policy and market infrastructure.Availability: (1)

Economic impacts from the promotion of renewable energies : the German experience : Final report /

by Manuel Frondel | Rheinisch-Westf lisches Institut f r Wirtschaftsforschung | Ritter, Nolan | Vance, Colin.

Publisher: Essen, Germany Rheinisch-Westf lisches Institut f r Wirtschaftsforschung 2009Description: 40 p. : ill.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 38-40Summary: The allure of an environmentally benign, abundant, and cost-effective energy source has led an increasing number of industrialized countries to back public financing of renewable energies. Germany's experience with renewable energy promotion is often cited as a model to be replicated elsewhere, being based on a combination of far-reaching energy and environmental laws that stretch back nearly two decades. This paper critically reviews the current centerpiece of this effort, the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), focusing on its costs and the associated implications for job creation and climate protection. We argue that German renewable energy policy, and in particular the adopted feed-in tariff scheme, has failed to harness the market incentives needed to ensure a viable and cost-effective introduction of renewable energies into the country's energy portfolio. To the contrary, the government's support mechanisms have in many respects subverted these incentives, resulting in massive expenditures that show little long-term promise for stimulating the economy, protecting the environment, or increasing energy security. In the case of photovoltaics, Germany's subsidization regime has reached a level that by far exceeds average wages, with per-worker subsidies as high as 175,000 euros.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Efficient renewable energy scenario study for Victoria: executive study. /

by National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (Australia) | Victorian Solar Energy Council.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Victorian Solar Energy Council 1990Description: 22 leaves.Notes: Report prepared for the Victorian Solar Energy CouncilAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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