A pretty good start but room for improvement: 3 experts rate Australia’s emissions technology plan

A pretty good start but room for improvement: 3 experts rate Australia’s emissions technology plan

But what’s less clear is an appreciation of the sheer scale of change needed to support a low- or net-zero emissions future.The roadmap would benefit from an assessment of the scale of investment and infrastructure needed to meet the long-term emissions goals of the Paris Agreement.

COP26 climate summit in Glasgow postponed over coronavirus

COP26 climate summit in Glasgow postponed over coronavirus

A joint statement from the UK and the United Nations said “in light of the ongoing, worldwide effects of Covid-19, holding an ambitious, inclusive COP26 in November 2020 is no longer possible”.All nations were expected to put forward improved climate plans, five years on from the Paris agreement signed in December 2015 during COP21.

Gas is burning any hope of science-based climate policy for Australia

Gas is burning any hope of science-based climate policy for Australia

Let us be clear, gas will do nothing to decrease the carbon footprint in Asian countries nor will it help Australia reduce its domestic emission commitment to the Paris agreement.

UNSW pledges to divest from fossil fuels by 2025

UNSW pledges to divest from fossil fuels by 2025

The University of New South Wales has announced it will divest from fossil fuels by 2025, as part of its net zero emissions goal and in line with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5°C.Environmental group said the commitment was delivered off the back of six years of student-led campaigning UNSW, and as the university – a world leader in solar PV research and development – shifts to zero carbon electricity by the end of this year.

The high price of greenwashing

The high price of greenwashing

Late last year, a group of investors with $6.5 trillion in assets under management asked 47 of the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters to align their climate efforts with the Paris Agreement’s climate goals.

The executive actions Democratic presidential hopefuls intend to use to fight climate change

The executive actions Democratic presidential hopefuls intend to use to fight climate change

[I] will use executive authority to ban fossil fuel extraction on public lands, effectively ban fracking and mountaintop removal coal mining, ban offshore drilling, ban imports and exports of all fossil fuels, end all new federal fossil fuel infrastructure permits, aggressively regulate greenhouse gas emissions, use regulations to help us decarbonize our transportation and energy sectors, rejoin and strengthen the Paris Climate Agreement, and place a fee on imported carbon pollution-intensive goods.

RBS to stop funding major oil producers without a climate plan

RBS to stop funding major oil producers without a climate plan

“We plan a full phase-out from coal by 2030; also, to stop lending and underwriting to major oil and gas producers unless they have a credible transition plan aligned with the 2015 Paris Agreement in place by the end of 2021,” the bank said as new chief executive Alison Rose hopes to shake off the tarnished image it acquired during the financial crisis.

UN climate talks in Madrid ended without resolving their toughest issue

UN climate talks in Madrid ended without resolving their toughest issue

Almost 200 countries at the two-week United Nations meeting known as COP25 did approve a statement calling on them to do more to fight climate change by next year, when the next round of national commitments to curb greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris climate agreement are due.

European nations must ‘double’ renewable energy targets by 2030, report claims

European nations must ‘double’ renewable energy targets by 2030, report claims

European countries have been told to “double” their renewable energy targets by 2030 or risk not meeting the Paris Agreement, according to a report due out next week.“IRENA’s analysis shows that a pathway to a decarbonised economy is technologically possible and socially and economically beneficial.

UN: The world has backed itself into a treacherous corner on climate change

UN: The world has backed itself into a treacherous corner on climate change

The UN’s climate science body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change , reported last year that limiting warming this century to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the more ambitious target in the Paris agreement, would require immediate, drastic changes to the global economy.

The Paris climate agreement is at risk of falling apart in the 2020s

The Paris climate agreement is at risk of falling apart in the 2020s

That’s what international climate negotiators, working through the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), sought for decades and decades: a way to collectively bind the world’s countries to ambitious emission-reduction commitments.

The United States has filed the official paperwork to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement

The United States has filed the official paperwork to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement

The US withdrawal from the Paris accord is also a blow to international efforts to fight climate change, an endeavor that requires effort from every country in the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Oil majors must cut production by one-third to meet Paris targets

Oil majors must cut production by one-third to meet Paris targets

The report also warns that other fossil fuel producers – especially those with undiversified portfolios – may need to make much deeper cuts to remain in line with the Paris Agreement.“If companies and governments attempt to develop all their oil and gas reserves, either the world will miss its climate targets or assets will become “stranded” in the energy transition, or both,” said Mike Coffin, Oil & Gas Analyst at Carbon Tracker and report author.

Origin grilled over NT fracking plans, insists on track for 1.5°C scenario

Origin grilled over NT fracking plans, insists on track for 1.5°C scenario

The Origin AGM considered a series of four contingent shareholder resolutions, addressing the company’s positions on energy transition planning, fracking, the Paris Agreement targets and the public health impacts of coal.

The right-wing populist wave is a threat to the climate

The right-wing populist wave is a threat to the climate

It’s a global issue that no one country can solve on its own; it requires collective action, negotiated through some forum like the Paris Climate Agreement.

“That is kindergarten”: Cory Booker says rejoining the Paris climate agreement is not enough

“That is kindergarten”: Cory Booker says rejoining the Paris climate agreement is not enough

As a result, the whole world is off-track on fighting climate change, even though United Nations scientists warned last year that the world may have as little as 12 years to halve emissions to stay on course to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the more ambitious target in the Paris agreement.

EU NECPs: Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Cyprus, others need to step up renewables ambition

EU NECPs: Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Cyprus, others need to step up renewables ambition

The European Commission has released an assessment of the EU member states’ first-ever draft integrated national energy and climate plans (NECPs), urging them to step up ambition to implement the Paris Agreement and reach the agreed EU 2030 energy and climate targets.

New research exposes extent of mineral demand for renewable energy technologies

New research exposes extent of mineral demand for renewable energy technologies

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The growing demand for minerals and metals to build the electric vehicles, solar arrays, wind turbines and other renewable energy infrastructure necessary to meet the ambitious goals of the Paris Climate Agreement could outstrip current production rates for key metals by as early as 2022, according to new research by the UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures.

Oil giants spent $1 billion on climate lobbying and ads since Paris pact, says report

Oil giants spent $1 billion on climate lobbying and ads since Paris pact, says report

A new report by a British think tank estimates that since the 2015 Paris Agreement, the world’s five largest listed oil and gas companies spent more than $1 billion lobbying to prevent climate change regulations while also running public relations campaigns aimed at maintaining public support for climate action.

Australia’s transport emissions laid bare, in four very nice graphs

Australia’s transport emissions laid bare, in four very nice graphs

The Driven Whether it’s claiming that Australia will meet its Paris Climate Agreements “in a canter”, or releasing a one-page electric vehicle strategy with no actual details, one thing is sure: the LNP is just plain wrong about Australia’s climate progress.

Morrison puts lipstick on Tony Abbott’s pig of a climate policy

Morrison puts lipstick on Tony Abbott’s pig of a climate policy

“Business as usual will not address the risks to the Australian economy that climate change represents nor will it unlock large scale-scale investment in zero emissions solutions.” “In the electricity sector alone, over $1.3 billion dollars of investment is needed each and every year over the next 20 years to achieve emissions reductions in line with the Paris Agreement.

Australia on track to reach climate targets by 2025

Australia on track to reach climate targets by 2025

12th February 2019 Australia on track to reach climate targets by 2025 Research by the Australian National University (ANU) shows that Australia is now installing more renewable power per person each year than any other country – putting it on course to meet its entire Paris Agreement emissions reduction targets five years early.

Australia streaks ahead to be renewables world champion

Australia streaks ahead to be renewables world champion

Credit: ANU Research from the Australian National University (ANU) has found that Australia is installing renewable power per person each year faster than any other country, helping it to meet its entire Paris Agreement emissions reduction targets five years early.

Work ahead to produce Montenegro’s Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan

Work ahead to produce Montenegro’s Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan

The successful implementation of the Regulation will help achieve the EU’s concrete 2030 targets in keeping with the Paris Agreement, including to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 40% compared to the 1990 level, lift the share of renewable energy sources in gross energy consumption to at least 32%, save at least 32.5% energy through energy efficiency measures, and secure at least a 15% interconnection among member states.

News Feature: The solar cell of the future

News Feature: The solar cell of the future

“If we are serious about the Paris climate agreement, and we want to have 30% [of the world’s electricity supplied by] solar PV in 20 years, then we would need to grow the capacity of silicon manufacturing by a factor of 50 to build all those panels,” says Albert Polman, leader of the photonic materials group at the AMOLF research institute in Amsterdam.

COP24 outcomes do not reflect the urgency of the global climate threat

COP24 outcomes do not reflect the urgency of the global climate threat

This edition of the COP had a clear mandate: to agree on the so-called ‘Rulebook’ – the operational framework required for the Paris Agreement to achieve its objectives.

Countries breathe life into the Paris climate agreement

Countries breathe life into the Paris climate agreement

Whereas past UN climate talks have been dominated by global heavyweights – mainly the US and China – this one struck a delicate balance between the concerns of the smallest, poorest and most vulnerable countries, the developed nations most responsible for global warming and the emerging economies wary of being saddled with a bigger burden to act.

Bioenergy crops could be as bad for biodiversity as climate change

Bioenergy crops could be as bad for biodiversity as climate change

In order to meet the Paris Agreement aims to keep the rise in global temperatures below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, many climate mitigation scenarios rely on increased bioenergy use, requiring large-scale production of crops such as corn, rape and oil palm.

Shell unveils new climate targets, links them to executive pay

Shell unveils new climate targets, links them to executive pay

Shell says its new policy is intended to build on and solidify the company’s existing long-term ambition to reduce its energy products carbon footprint  in step with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

The “Trump effect” threatens the future of the Paris climate agreement

The “Trump effect” threatens the future of the Paris climate agreement

A newly published paper can help us wrap our head around Trump’s damage: “The Paris Climate Agreement Vs. The Trump Effect,” by Joseph Curtin at the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), a Dublin-based climate policy think tank.