Climate & Energy Program
The Federal Opposition climate approach announced today has the potential to actually reduce emissions in line with a credible and achievable emission reduction target of 45% by 2030, according to The Australia Institute Climate & Energy Program.
“Labor’s climate approach has the real potential to actually reduce emissions in line with a credible and achievable emission reduction target of 45% by 2030,” said Richie Merzian, Climate & Energy Program Director at the Australia Institute.
The number of big businesses already moving towards 100% renewables and emissions reduction targets directly contradict Business Council of Australia claims that a 45% target would be “economy wrecking”, according to new research from The Australia Institute.
New polling from The Australia Institute shows that more than two thirds of South Australian voters (69%) want to see the state transition to 100% renewable energy by the year 2030.
A majority of voters for all parties listed, including the Coalition and One Nation, support the policy.
“Renewable energy is extraordinarily popular in South Australia,” said Noah Schultz-Byard, The Australia Institute’s SA projects manager.
Welcome to the March 2019 issue of the NEEA Electricity Update, with data updated to the end of February 2019.
The Electricity Update presents data on electricity demand, electricity supply, and electricity generation emissions in the National Electricity Market (NEM), plus electricity demand in the South West Interconnected System (SWIS). In this issue we also include information on trends in emissions from consumption of petroleum products and natural gas, thereby giving, in total, very good guidance to changes in Australia’s energy combustion emissions as a whole.
New research shows that rooftop solar continues to climb and is now generating over 4% of the total electricity however it can’t shield us from rising national emissions especially in the transport sector, which continues unfettered by any federal or state government limits.
The Australia Institute Climate & Energy Program has released the latest National Energy Emissions Audit (The Audit) for the electricity sector, analysing the electricity sector over the previous month.
Increasing extreme heat will have profound impacts on people, industries and ecosystems in Mackay. CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology projections estimate that the average number of days over 35 degrees could increase from around one day presently to over seventy by 2090 without strong climate policies. Virtually all summer nights by 2090 are projected to remain above 25 degrees, a level considered dangerous to human health.
Dramatic increases in extreme heat days, combined with high humidity present an increasing threat to the health and wellbeing of Mackay residents.
The Australia Institute’s HeatWatch initiative, which uses CSIRO–BoM modelling, shows that the number of extreme heat days (over 35C) experienced in Mackay could increase up to seventy times current levels and that virtually all summer nights could remain above 25 degrees by 2090.
“Increasing temperatures combined with high humidity are likely to push many days each year to dangerous levels of heat stress,” says Mark Ogge, Principal Adviser at The Australia Institute.
Increasing extreme heat will have profound impacts on people, industries and ecosystems in the Whitsundays. CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology projections estimate that the average number of days over 35 degrees each year could increase fourfold by 2030 and reach over 87 days per year by 2090 without strong climate policies. Hot nights above 25 degrees are projected to rise from an average of 18 per year up to 177 per year by 2090.
Dramatic increases in the number extreme heat days (35°C+) present an increasing threat to the wellbeing of Whitsundays residents, and to key industries to the region such as agriculture and tourism.
New research from the Australia Institute’s HeatWatch initiative, which uses CSIRO–BoM modelling, shows that the number of extreme heat days experienced in the Whitsundays could increase fourfold by 2030 and reach over 87 days per year by 2090 without strong climate policies. Extreme heat nights (25°C+) are projected to rise from an average of 18 days per year up to 177 by 2090 – leaving little respite from the heat.