ClimateWorks Australia

released 23 November 2017

Australia is facing a gas crisis due to a mismatch between domestic supply and demand in the east coast market, driven by rapid growth in the LNG export market and the absence of a comprehensive national energy policy. The resulting high energy prices and unfavourable contract conditions have wide-ranging impacts for the Australian economy, particularly for industries reliant on gas. Without any changes, gas prices could continue to rise, leading to negative impacts on industry profitability – potentially leading to closures and job losses. This creates big risks for Australia.

Fortunately, there is a big solution: Demand side improvements, including energy efficiency and switching from gas to alternative low carbon energy sources. This has been largely overlooked in discussions on the gas crisis to date.

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Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF)

released 20 November 2017

The fresh economic modelling was conducted by the UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) and commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF). It compared the pollution and costs of three proposals for Liddell: extending its life by 5 years, AGL’s indicative replacement proposal, and a package of clean energy, demand management and energy efficiency.

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Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA)

released 20 November 2017

Delivered as a partnership between Australia’s Chief Scientist and ACOLA, the Energy Storage project studies the transformative role that energy storage may play in Australia’s energy systems; future economic opportunities and challenges; and current state of and future trends in energy storage technologies and their underpinning sciences.

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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

adopted 13 November 2017

The Declaration aims to help governments, the private sector and civil society mobilize around shared values on climate change. It warns that, unless ethical principles become the basis of climate action, both climate change and responses to it could lead to “unacceptable damage and injustice.”

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