Higher temps equal higher bills reminds SA ombudsman

South Australians should be prepared to pay higher electricity bills as a consequence of the record heat wave recently sweeping the state, according to Energy Industry Ombudsman Sandy Canale. Canale says many householders would already have forgotten about their extended use of air conditioners and in some cases swimming pool pumps. “Some bills are going […]

EnergyAustralia boosts Central Coast power

EnergyAustralia says New South Wales Central Coast households are expected to save more than $1 million on their water and energy bills and will reduce carbon emissions by almost 11,000 tonnes after taking part in their energy efficiency campaign. Energy and water saving devices were installed free of charge during March 2008 in about 3000 […]

COAG discusses energy and climate change

Climate change represents one of the greatest economic and environmental challenges of our age, according to the Council of Australian Governments. “The projections for Australia of the impacts of climate change are serious: a drying climate in our traditional agricultural area; a greater frequency of floods; droughts and storms; and, the impacts of higher temperatures […]

Offset ETS revenue with tax cuts, says Turnbull

“We should take the opportunity with the revenues from the emissions trading scheme to address both inefficient taxes as well as inefficiencies and inequities in our income tax system,” says Federal Shadow Treasurer Malcolm Turnbull. Turnbull says Australia’s ETS will result in the transfer of many billions of dollars from business and households to Government. […]

Mitsubishi Electric Corp to boost solar pv production

Mitsubishi Electric Corp has announced it will invest ¥7 billion (A$77.5 million) as part of its effort to boost annual production capacity of solar energy to 220 MW from 150 MW in October 2008. The Tokyobased company also aims to establish a photovoltaic cell program that will have an annual capacity of 500 MW by […]

Australian carbon market grows 13% in first 3 months

The first update of the Carbon Offsets Guide shows the market continues to grow, according to Victorian Environment and Climate Change Minister Gavin Jennings. Jennings said the comprehensive online directory showed a 13% growth over its first three months with 36 providers now listed in the directory. “The Guide, developed by Global Sustainability at Royal […]

South Korea to freeze greenhouse gas emissions

South Korea’s Environment Minister has announced a freeze on the country’s greenhouse gas emissions at their 2005 levels over the next five years. Environment Minister Lee Maan-Ee presented a report to President Lee Myung-Bak, recommending the reductions. Under the Kyoto Protocol, South Korea is considered a developing country, and is therefore not subject to mandatory […]

Chinese to increase spending on emission reduction

China will increase spending on energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reduction programs by 78% in 2008, according to Chinese news reports. Chinese news agency Xinhua cited an announcement by the Finance Ministry that it would spend 元41.8 billion (A$6.5 billion) on efforts to promote greenhouse gas emissions-reduction schemes and energy efficiency programs, up from […]

Kyoto benchmark unfair?

Nations working out a new global climate treaty should use 2005 as the year from which greenhouse gas emissions cuts are measured, rather than the Kyoto Protocol’s 1990 benchmark, according to a senior Japanese official. “Comparisons with 1990 (emissions) levels are extremely unfair. That is the Japanese Government’s stance,” Japanese Vice Trade Minister Takao Kitabata […]

Energy efficient buildings: cost-effective emission reduction

Making buildings more energy efficient is a cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, particularly since existing buildings account for 24% of world CO2 emissions, according to a new report published by the International Energy Agency. “With surging energy consumption, high energy prices and raising CO2 emissions, the imperative to improve energy efficiency is stronger […]