A weak NEG will let the electricity sector off lightly, and put pressure on emissions reductions on to truckers, farmers and factories. Here’s what needs to be done.
The long-term emissions goals on the agenda at Paris offer a rare opportunity to reset some of the hyperbole in recent domestic policy discussions.
The draft agreement for Paris shows still a big push for outcome that limits global warming to 1.5°C. Australia may have to dig deeper, but not for coal.
New Zealand weak post-2020 climate target risks its competitive position by stranding its economy as the most pollution intensive in the developed world.
The making of the initial target offer into the international process ahead of Paris negotiations in December is a core test of Australia’s climate credibility.
The European Commission’s positioning on emissions reductions targets will put pressure on Australia and other countries in lead up to Paris.
A Paris climate agreement is not going to save the world. The Copenhagen summit was so chaotic because it tried to do too much too soon and nearly broke the system as a result.
By just focusing on 2020 emission and renewable energy goals, the recent political debate has ignored growing scientific, investment, and international realities.
China’s first carbon trading scheme – in Shenzhen – is launched today, the first of seven Chinese cities and provinces to do so this year.
COP18’s resolution to achieve a new legally binding agreement by 2015 will increase the level of scrutiny on Australia’s contribution over the next two years.