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Climate Energy Finance (CEF) is a think tank established in 2022 that works probono in the public interest to accelerate decarbonisation. We conduct research and analyses on global financial issues related to the global energy transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, as well as the implications for the Australian economy, with a key focus on the threats and opportunities for Australian investments and exports. Read more

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Reports and Analysis |  |  Jul 2, 2024

MONTHLY CHINA ENERGY UPDATE | China to Achieve its 2030 Installed Clean Energy Target in July 2024

China will achieve its 1,200GW wind and solar installed capacity by 2030 target by end July 2024, six years ahead of schedule. 103.5GW of zero-emissions capacity was added during the first 5 months of CY2024, as thermal power additions declined by 45% y-o-y as the end of May CY2024 notwithstanding a still exceptionally strong +6.9% y-o-y YTD2024 increase in electricity demand. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  Jun 21, 2024

OP ED | Warmer Ties Could Cool the Planet: Potential for Australia-China Green Energy Collaboration 

Australia and China’s improving diplomatic relationship, highlighted by recent high-level meetings and record trade, presents significant opportunities for green energy collaboration. With China facing overcapacity in solar panels, batteries, and electric vehicles, Australia stands to benefit from redirected Chinese investments. By leveraging its abundant renewable resources and enhancing critical mineral processing, Australia can become a more appealing supplier, particularly in the wake of global trade tensions. Read more


CEF in the media  |  Jul 18, 2024

Albanese sticks to hydrogen despite Fortescue retreat

The Australian Financial Review

Climate Energy Finance director Tim Buckley said Fortescue chief Andrew Forrest was not alone in betting big on green hydrogen as part of the energy transition but costs had, in fact, gone up instead of following the usual pattern of better affordability for clean technology such as batteries, solar panels and electric vehicles. “Twiggy went way too hard, way too fast and way too hyped about hydrogen,” Mr Buckley said. “Australia put out like 50 per cent of the world’s press releases of hydrogen in the last five years but none of them have come to fruition.” With Australian coal and gas exports to decline as the world decarbonises, Mr Buckley expressed doubt green hydrogen would be able to fill the void, pointing out the first ship capable of transporting chilled hydrogen at scale is at least 10 years away. He said green hydrogen’s value was helping Australian resources companies to pivot to value-adding, such as processing critical minerals and producing strategic metals such as green steel. Read more

CEF in the media  |  Jul 17, 2024

China adds wind, solar power equal to five nuclear plants weekly


[On THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE]: A report by Sydney-based think tank Climate Energy Finance (CEF) said China was installing renewables so rapidly it would meet its end-of-2030 target by the end of this month — or 6.5 years early. China accounts for about a third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. A recent drop in emissions (the first since relaxing COVID-19 restrictions), combined with the decarbonisation of the power grid, may mean the country’s emissions have peaked. “With the power sector going green, emissions are set to plateau and then progressively fall towards 2030 and beyond,” CEF China energy policy analyst Xuyang Dong said. Read more

CEF in the media  |  Jul 16, 2024

China is installing the wind and solar equivalent of five large nuclear power stations per week

ABC online

China is installing record amounts of solar and wind, while scaling back once-ambitious plans for nuclear. “We’ve seen America under President Biden throw a trillion dollars on the table [for clean energy],” CEF director Tim Buckley said. “China’s response to that has been to double down and go twice as fast.” “With the power sector going green, emissions are set to plateau and then progressively fall towards 2030 and beyond,” CEF China energy policy analyst Xuyang Dong said. Read more

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