The debate about the future of Australia’s coal production seems to ignore structural changes already happening.
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What’s happened since the 2015 Paris agreement? Not enough – but more than you might think.
The high growth of electric vehicles will play a large role in significant grid changes, and in decreasing emissions.
The NSW renewable energy plans could massively reduce emissions, but a federally-approved gas mine could cancel out at least half of that.
The UK is frequently cited as an example of why gas is “needed” in a clean energy transition, but the government’s own forecasts shows gas will be in rapid decline.
Most energy produced when fossil fuels burned is wasted. The transition to electricity and renewables will change this.
Solar is now regularly reaching 50 per cent of electricity demand in Western Australia.
Fossil fuels keep losing out in Europe, even as energy demand returns to normal.
Tough new gas standards in Europe might revoke the ‘transition fuel’ label for gas. How does Australia fare?
Under all scenarios for Australia’s electricity market, the outcome for gas-fired generation is the same: It comprises only a tiny fraction of total annual energy output.