prepared by the Expert Group for the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and Refrigerants Australia

released 14 May 2020

This study examines the size and characteristics of the cold food chain in Australia and explores the benefits of an efficient cold food chain.It uses public and private data to quantify the size and location of failures in the cold chain to estimate the extent of food loss and waste and the associated environmental and energy use consequences.

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Australian Government, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

released 21 May 2020

This is an opportunity to help shape Australia’s path to lower emissions and share your knowledge on challenges driving technology deployment across Australia’s economy.

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Climate Council

released 21 May 2020

This short report outlines the Climate Council’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. The measures that have been required to manage COVID-19 have proved themselves to be entirely justified, but they have not been without their consequences. As Australia reboots its economy on the other side of this crisis there is a remarkable potential for that economic recovery to occur through climate action. A gas-led economic recovery is poorly suited to the task at hand. A reorientation toward net zero emissions is a fundamental requirement of Australia’s COVID-19 recovery to deal with the two crises of economic recovery and climate change

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Infrastructure Victoria

released 14 May 2020

Infrastructure Victoria has published the final advice to government on recycling and resource recovery infrastructure in Victoria. The advice includes 13 recommendations that were developed in consultation with government and stakeholders and focuses on six priority materials including plastics, paper and cardboard, glass, organics, tyres and e-waste.

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The Australia Institute

released 11 May 2020

The NT Government provides a range of subsidies and assistance measures to onshore oil and gas. While the Fracking Inquiry highlighted non-recovery of some administration costs, analysis of budget papers shows
$94 million of assistance measures over the last decade. Subsidies of $10m per year look set to continue. Fracking Inquiry forecasts suggest royalties
will never cover these costs without more infrastructure that will also require subsidy. The NT Government has subsidised such infrastructure in the past, with $4.4 billion in purchase commitments assisting the Blacktip
project and Northern Gas Pipeline. These projects impose significant costs on NT taxpayers.

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Australian Government, Murray–Darling Basin Authority

released 12 May 2020

In 2019 the independent panel was established with five independent experts to undertake the review. In 2020 the independent panel examined hundreds of studies on the Lower Lakes, Coorong and Murray Mouth and consulted with almost 100 scientists and technical experts. They reviewed many aspects, ranging from climate, hydrology, hydrodynamics, geomorphology, palaeoecology, ecosystems and environmental watering.

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