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Climate change : addressing the needs of low-income households in the private rental market : background paper. /

by Sullivan, Damian | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2007Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: December 2007Summary: This paper provided background for a roundtable convened by the Brotherhood of St Laurence in 2007 to consider ways to reduce the likely impact of climate change (and related mitigation measures such as carbon pricing) on low-income private renter households. (The roundtable s subsequent recommendations were published separately).Availability: Items available for loan: BSL Archives (1).
Equity in Response to Climate Change Roundtable : Melbourne, 26 March 2007

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2007Description: 86 p.: ill. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2007Summary: This publication brings together papers and presentations from a roundtable, 'Equity in Response to Climate Change', convened by two welfare and two environmental non-government organisations: the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the National Welfare Rights Network, the Australian Conservation Foundation and The Climate Institute. Key themes include Australia's vulnerability to climate change, the effect of carbon prices on different households, and issues affecting low-income, rural and Indigenous Australians. Contributors include Tony Nicholson, Gill Owen, Justin Sherrard and Alan Tate, Peter Brain (National Institute of Economic and Industry Research), Mark Wootton, Chris Loader and John Stanley. Links to other online presentations are also listed.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).
Response to the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Scheme issues paper. /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2007Description: 13 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for loan: BSL Archives (1).
Joint submission to Prime Ministerial Task Group on Emissions Trading from Brotherhood of St Laurence, Catholic Social Services Australia and National Welfare Rights Network. /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence ; Catholic Social Services ; Australia National Welfare Rights Network. 2007Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: April 2007Availability: Items available for loan: BSL Archives (1).
Submission to National Emissions Trading Taskforce Secretariat : design for a national greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme. / BSL

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2007Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: This submission focuses on the need for appropriate measures to ensure that neither climate change itself, nor measures taken to address it, have in practice an unacceptable adverse and unfair impact on low income or otherwise disadvantaged households. Climate change itself will have a disproportionate impact on low income and disadvantaged people and communities, as is apparent from the evidence cited in this submission. For this reason, and because of the growing scientific evidence regarding the broader challenges posed by global warming, we endorse the need for urgent and significant action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, one significant component of which is an Emissions Trading System (ETS), along with substantial reductions targets, in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In considering ETS design the Taskforce must obviously consider both the environmental integrity and the economic implications of possible systems. However, we believe it is also vital that consideration of social impacts and equity issues are prioritised; this does not appear to have been the case in considerations to date. Carbon pricing in whatever form is regressive and will have a disproportionate impact on low income and disadvantaged households unless it is accompanied by comprehensive, well targeted and well-funded policies and programs designed to ensure that these households do not suffer financially and do not miss out on the opportunities created by moving to a lower emissions, sustainable future. Funding must be committed, whether sourced from a dedicated ETS-derived national fund or from general Government revenue, to implement widespread programs across Australia to assist low income and disadvantaged people to improve the sustainability and efficiency of their households (private, public and rental) and to help them meet ETS-related price increases in a wide range of goods and services, including, but not limited to, energy and transport. Provided it is well designed and social equity considerations are taken fully into account, we see no reason why the State and Territory Governments should not pursue the establishment of an ETS. We note however that it is preferable that an ETS be established with the support of all Australian Governments. Availability: Items available for loan: BSL Archives (1).
The impact of carbon prices on Victorian selected household types : a preliminary analysis : draft. /

by Brain, Peter | National Institute of Economic and Industry Research.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2007Description: 27 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2007Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).
The impact of carbon prices on Victorian selected household types.

by Brain, Peter | National Institute of Economic and Industry Research.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence May 2007Description: 32 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2007Availability: (1)
A national Emissions Trading Scheme and low income households : discussion paper prepared for the Brotherhood of St Laurence roundtable, 11 April 2008 /

by Sherrard, Justin | Tate, Alan.

Publisher: Cambiar 2008Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: April 2008Summary: The introduction of an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is a major plank of the Government's climate change mitigation policy. By putting a price on carbon across the economy, an ETS engages business on the need to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through innovation, and the power of the market delivers abatement at lowest cost. Consumers end up paying for the introduction of emissions trading as business passes the cost of carbon along its supply chains. Consumers pay for their direct use of carbon, in the form of higher electricity, gas and fuel bills, and for their indirect use of carbon. Indirect use is the electricity, gas and fuel embodied in the full range of goods and services that households buy. It includes, for example, a carbon cost of food, made up of a carbon cost of growing or producing food, transporting food to market, processing and packaging, distribution, and retail sale. Research for the Brotherhood of St Laurence found that about one half of the cost of carbon for Victorian households comes from their direct use of electricity, gas and petrol, with the other half coming from the indirect cost of carbon.Availability: (1)
Enabling low-income households in the private rental market to respond to climate change : recommendations and report from the roundtable convened December 2007

by Sullivan Damian | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence. 2008Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2008 Recommendations and report from the roundtable convened December 2007 by the Brotherhood of St Laurence.; This report was prepared by Damian Sullivan, with input from Janet Stanley, John Thwaites, Simon Rowntree and Josephine Lee.Summary: Late in 2007, the Brotherhood of St Laurence convened a roundtable to consider ways to reduce the likely impact of climate change (and related mitigation measures such as carbon pricing) on low-income private renter households. Contributors from industry, government, academia and non-government organisations agreed on recommendations relating to areas such emissions trading, improved household energy efficiency, building standards, energy tariffs and urban planning. This report presents the recommendations and background information.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).
Carbon use in poor Victorian households by local government area

by Unkles, Bill | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Stanley, Janet.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2008Description: 5 p. : maps + appendices.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 5) April 2008Summary: As the imposition of a carbon price is planned in Australia to encourage movement away from carbon-based energy, this mapping exercise illustrates the uneven pattern of carbon use by poor households across Melbourne and across Victoria. The pattern is largely related to transport and urban planning issues. The findings point to the need for policies which will offset the regressive impact of a carbon price, to ensure that disadvantaged households are not unfairly penalised.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).
Submission in response to A Climate of Opportunity Summit Paper : submitted to the Office of Climate Change Victorian Government Department of Premier and Cabinet /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence (unpub.) 2008Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: August 2008 Bibliography pp. 15-16 Includes supporting materialsSummary: This submission focuses on the opportunities presented by climate change for improving social inclusion through greater workforce participation; improved public transport; more affordable housing that is more liveable due to energy efficiency retrofitting, and appropriate climate change adaptation planning and support.Availability: (1)
Climate change as an equity issue / Ross Garnaut

by Garnaut, Ross | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2008Description: 12 p. PDF.Other title: 2008 Sambell Oration.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Professor Ross Garnaut is a Distinguished Professor of the Australian National University as well as both a Professorial Fellow (Faculty of Economics and Commerce) and a Vice-Chancellor s Fellow at the University of Melbourne.Summary: The 2008 Sambell Oration focused on the impacts of climate change on low-income Australians.Availability: Items available for loan: BSL Archives (1).
A national energy efficiency program to assist low-income households. /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Ecos Corporation | KPMG.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. KPMG 2008Description: PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: KPMG were engaged by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and in conjunction with Ecos Corporation conducted a study into the possible impacts of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) on low-income households. This report outlines the range of options available to the Government for providing assistance. We welcome the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to addressing the problem of climate change, its acknowledgement of the difficulties facing low-income households and its commitment to engage with the community through the Green Paper. This report puts forward a roadmap for the Government to meet its commitment made in the Green Paper to assist low-income households. Our roadmap demonstrates the difficulties which will confront low-income households but more importantly provides a detailed plan of action to close the gap in the expected extra costs of energy bills resulting from the CPRS. The program outlined in this paper ensures that money will be spent in a way that most effectively meets the aims of the Commonwealth Government’s policy to provide assistance to low-income households. A cornerstone of our implementation plan is an unprecedented program of targeted home visits, aimed at harnessing the full potential of energy efficiency measures. Home visits achieve this by matching energy efficiency measures to the characteristics of the house, as well as taking into account demographic, geographic and climatic issues.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).
Green power : an environmental audit of the national electricity market. /

by Cantley-Smith, Rowena | Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre | Bowman, Dina.

Publisher: Vermont (Vic.) Research Publications Pty., Ltd. 2009Description: 196 p. : ill ; 19.5cm.Notes: Includes Chapter 3: Consumer interest in the national energy market: a changing climate by Gerard Brody, Manager Financial Inclusion, Brotherhood of St Laurence.Summary: "This book brings together a series of excellent...contributions to research in the field of environemntal regulation of the Australian Energy Market and the National Electricity Market. the chapters are based upon a workshop conducted in Melbourne in May 2008..." (from Acknowledgements p.3)Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Liveable and just : improving the capacity of local government to respond to climate change in ways which are healthy, just and sustainable. /

by University of Melbourne, VicHealth Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health and Community Wellbeing, McCaughey Centre.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. The Victorian Local Governance Association 2009Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2009 Discussion paper Includes summary report The Liveable and Just project is an initiative of the Victorian Local Governance Association, in partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Department of Sustainability and Environment. It is funded through the Victorian Government's Sustainability Fund under the Victorian Local Sustainability Accord.Summary: The purpose of this project is to provide a synthesis of knowledge and research to date on the social impacts of climate change relevant to local government responsibilities and to open a dialogue with the local government sector to contribute to strategic planning and appropriate action.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Liveable & [and] Just : a toolkit for local government to address the social and equity impacts of climate change

by University of Melbourne. McCaughey Centre : VicHealth Centre for the Promotions of Mental Health and Community Wellbeing | University of Melbourne. Melbourne School of Population Health.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. The Victorian Local Governance Association [2010]Description: PDF.Other title: Liveable & [and} Just : toolkit .Online Access: 1.Addressing social and equity impacts of climate change : the case for local government action | 2. Reducing vulnerability : strategies for local government to identify and help reduce vulnerability to climate change | 3.Engaging communities : tips for effective and inclusive climate change community engagement | 4. Building resilience : ideas for local government to strengthen community resilience to climate change Notes: All four parts of toolkit available to download as PDF. The Liveable and Just project is an initiative of the Victorian Local Governance Association, in partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Department of Sustainability and Environment. It is funded through the Victorian Government's Sustainability Fund under the Victorian Local Sustainability Accord.; This toolkit has been prepared by the McCaughey Centre : VicHealth Centre for the Promotions of Mental Health and Community Wellbeing, Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne.; This toolkit has four parts: 1. Addressing social and equity impacts of climate change : the case for local government action 2. Reducing vulnerability : strategies for local government to identify and help reduce vulnerability to climate change 3. Engaging communities : tips for effective and inclusive climate change community engagement 4. Building resilience : ideas for local government to strengthen community resilience to climate change Summary: This toolkit aims to help local governments develop more informed policy responses to climate change by identifying key questions that they can and should be asking about local social and equity impacts and their capacity to respond. It also provides suggestions to help people working in the local government sector ensure climate change policies are designed to promote social justice and stronger, more resilient communities, at the same time as they reduce emissions and improve capacities to adapt to climate change impacts. This toolkit is about helping local governments take effective action. The emphasis is less on explaining problems and more on providing tips, ideas and practical steps The toolkit has been designed as an introductory point. The 'top resources' section in each pamphlet provides links to a range of more detailed information sources and more comprehensive guides to help plan and implement the best possible response to the social and equity impacts of climate change in your local area.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Improving the energy efficiency of homes in Moreland : research sample, baseline measures and recruitment for the Warm Home Cool Home program evaluation /

by Johnson, Victoria | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Sullivan Damian.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 23-24Summary: This report contains baseline data from a study to identify the social impacts within households of the Warm Home Cool Home program which offers energy audits and retrofits to low-income households in the City of Moreland in Melbourne's northern suburbs. This research was funded through Moreland Solar City, an Australian Government Solar Cities initiative led by the Moreland Energy Foundation, in partnership with Moreland City Council, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Sustainability Victoria.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Urban sustainability and household energy efficiency inequities, impacts and ways forward /

by Johnson, Victoria | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Sullivan, Damian.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence (unpub.) 2011Description: PDF.Other title: The State of Australian Cities. National conference (29.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Improving household energy efficiency is a key aspect of a transition to sustainable urban settlements. However significant differences exist in the energy use of low income households compared to higher income households. This relates to the energy efficiency of dwellings and the way energy is used and conserved within homes. In general, low income households in Australia use less energy and generate less carbon than higher income households. However household expenditure on energy in low income households is far greater proportionally than in higher income households. Although many low income households have made energy saving changes in their homes, many face signifcant barriers to achieving savings.Availability: (1)
Submission to the Department of Treasury and Finance : review of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program / Prepared by Damian Sullivan and Victoria Johnson (BSL)

by Sullivan, Damian | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Johnson, Victoria.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2011Description: 8 p. PDF.Other title: BSL submission to the Review of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The Brotherhood of St Laurence welcomes the review of the Victorian Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program and would be pleased to discuss the matters raised in this submission in more detail. The review comes at a time when the Brotherhood is extremely concerned about the impact of rising electricity prices on low-income, vulnerable and disadvantaged households. The recent AEMC (2010) report on electricity price movements identified that smart meters will contribute approximately 22 per cent to electricity price increases for Victorian consumers in the coming three years. We are also concerned that the accompanying introduction of new tariff structures may lead to considerable bill shock, forcing low-income, disadvantaged and vulnerable households into financial hardship. We recognise that smart meters do have potential benefits for consumers, distributors and retailers. For example, smart meters could contribute to system-wide efforts to manage electricity demand and in doing so reduce the need for future infrastructure spending. How the benefits and costs are distributed is, however, critical; to date we do not believe the right balance has been achieved. Low-income households who will have less direct benefit from the introduction of the smart meters will pay proportionately more. The Victorian Government is in a position to address this imbalance.Availability: (1)
Submission to the Senate Select Committee inquiry on electricity prices / BSL

by Sullivan, Damian | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence (unpub.) 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The Brotherhood of St Laurence welcomes the opportunity to submit our views to the Senate Select Committee on Electricity Prices. Across Australia, rising energy prices have focused people's anxieties about the cost of living. As energy prices have risen since 2007, so have the rates of financial hardship and energy disconnections. For many struggling households, the result is that they are forced to go without. Those on low and fixed income have been hit particularly hard because more of their weekly budget goes on energy bills. However, recent evidence suggests the impact of rising prices is being felt well beyond those on the lowest incomes, and notably by larger families. The BSL's core function is to work for an Australia that is free of poverty. The BSL provides a national voice on matters of poverty and disadvantage, focusing on those people at greatest risk. The BSL has seen first-hand the adverse impact of rising electricity prices on vulnerable members of our society, particularly low-income households. Addressing rising energy prices should therefore be a priority for governments. We trust the determination by the Commonwealth and state governments to address this issue will lead to meaningful changes in our energy system, with the result that consumers can benefit from reduced prices, improved consumer protections and a shift to a cleaner economy.Availability: (1)
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