• Jun, 2024 CEF in the media

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    Saudi Aramco prices stock offer at low end of range in $11.2bn sale

    Saudi Arabia has sold $11.2bn of shares in Saudi Aramco, short of the maximum sum the world’s largest oil company could have raised in a deal that was designed to win over international investors. “Investing in Saudi Aramco strengthens the strategic partnership between China and Saudi Arabia, allowing Chinese investors to access the broader Middle Eastern market,” said Xuyang Dong, a specialist on China’s energy sector at Climate Energy Finance, an Australian think-tank. Read more
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  • May, 2024 CEF in the media

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    China targets wasted production in critical sectors to curb pollution, ease overcapacity

    Beijing’s new 2024-25 Energy Saving and Carbon Reduction Action Plan aims to eliminate high-pollution, energy-intensive production and enhance renewable energy usage. “This plan is a significant step forward,” said Dong Xuyang, China energy policy analyst at Climate Energy Finance. With a steel-production glut and falling domestic real estate demand, the plan addresses the need to reduce excessive steel exports and lower the carbon intensity of steel production. Dong highlighted the focus on improving power storage and transforming distribution networks to better integrate new energy sources. With China’s renewable energy capacity exceeding 1.45 billion kilowatts, the plan tackles challenges like electricity generation volatility and geographical discrepancies. “This is a strategic opportunity for decarbonisation,” Dong added, noting the plan’s ambitious targets and its balance between energy security and a cleaner energy transition. Read more
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  • May, 2024 CEF in the media

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    EcoBusiness | Interview: China’s renewables ‘pave the way to rapidly reduce coal reliance’

    Xuyang Dong talked to Carbon Brief about CEF’s new report POWER SHIFT: China installed a record 293 gigawatts (GW) of wind and solar in 2023 – pushing its total capacity to 1,050GW, according to a new report. The report, published by Australia-based thinktank Climate Energy Finance, says that, if this rate of renewables growth is maintained, then China could reach its “dual carbon” climate goals earlier than planned. Read more
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  • May, 2024 CEF in the media

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    Interview: China’s renewables ‘pave the way to rapidly reduce coal reliance’

    Xuyang Dong talked to Carbon Brief about CEF’s new report POWER SHIFT: China installed a record 293 gigawatts (GW) of wind and solar in 2023 – pushing its total capacity to 1,050GW, according to a new report. The report, published by Australia-based thinktank Climate Energy Finance, says that, if this rate of renewables growth is maintained, then China could reach its “dual carbon” climate goals earlier than planned. Read more
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  • May, 2024 CEF in the media

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    China Briefing 16 May 2024: Biden’s 100% tariffs on Chinese EV; State media pushback; Xi’s Europe trip

    A new report by Australia-based thinktank Climate Energy Finance argues that China could reach its “dual carbon” climate goals earlier than planned. Xuyang Dong talked to Carbon Brief about the findings of the report, China’s coal power output will soon peak and decline – despite rising coal capacity – thanks to the rapid rise of clean energy sources. Read more
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  • May, 2024 CEF in the media

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    Budget 2024-25: response highlights

    Tim Buckley said: In the budget, we saw an excellent $21bn down payment. It is great to see that this is additional funding, not the usual political trick of rehashing previous press releases. The development of the production tax credit (PTC) model for critical minerals and green hydrogen to incentivise onshore value-adding is a very strong step forward, a clear acknowledgement that Australia can’t simply leave it to free markets when other countries have made such significant public interest interventions, undermining global trade. We particularly note the absence of any additional stimulus on “electrifying everything” and only $28m of new funding to better integrate consumer energy resources into the grid. Read more
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  • May, 2024 CEF in the media

    First look at Australia’s newest gas-fired power plant at Kurri Kurri

    “The gas industry has mercilessly price-gouged Australians, with gas prices more than tripling in the last 10 years, driving up energy prices more broadly and destroying manufacturing. Climate Energy Finance think tank director Tim Buckley described the strategy as “ridiculous and beyond disappointing.” “The strategy is a massive misstep in the context of the strides the Albanese government has been making in pivoting to our economic future as renewables powered zero-emissions trade and investment leader,” he said. “Gas as a transition fuel might have made sense a decade ago, but the climate science and renewables and storage technology landscape has changed fundamentally in the decade since. Power supply firming, where gas plays a small and diminishing role, is now transitioning to batteries and other storage technologies.” Read more
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  • May, 2024 Media Releases

    ABC Vic Statewide Drive | Future Gas Strategy

    [Starts around 9:50]Tim Buckley, Director of Climate Energy Finance, expresses concerns about the government’s continued backing of the gas industry. He indicates that the government’s shift in position towards gas, contrasting it with recent talks of embracing renewable energy and climate science. Buckley emphasizes the vast investment opportunities in renewables and the need for appropriate policy support to seize them. Regarding future gas projects, Buckley argues against further investment in methane gas production, advocating instead for accelerated adoption of renewable energy solutions. He criticizes the government’s preference for gas over renewables, seeing it as a perpetuation of fossil fuel interests and a hindrance to addressing climate change. He urges policymakers to prioritize renewable energy infrastructure and electrification initiatives as viable alternatives to gas dependence. Read more
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  • May, 2024 CEF in the media

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    NSW not currently on track to meet emissions reduction targets

    New South Wales is not on track to meet climate change targets, according to the government’s own environmental database. The Climate Energy Finance director and analyst, Tim Buckley, said the Eraring subsidy would cost the taxpayer $150m a year. He said: We are putting band aids on end of life coal assets instead of investing in the solutions to permanent low cost zero emission solutions that Australia and NSW desperately needs to see approved. This is a race to the top and yet the NSW government in 2024 is now going in the wrong direction. We call on them to reallocate planning resources to approving the projects we critically need to solve the climate crisis.” Read more
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  • May, 2024 CEF in the media

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    ‘A more dangerous future’: Experts condemn Australia’s new gas strategy

    Resources Minister Madeleine King announced on Thursday that Australia would ramp up gas projects as part of its Future Gas Strategy, saying it was needed to meet surging demand. Tim Buckley, director of independent think tank Climate Energy Finance, suggested the narrative of a gas shortage has been fabricated by the gas lobby in an attempt to expand the industry’s profits. Buckley also rejected the government’s claims that the Future Gas Strategy would help keep gas prices low for Australian consumers. “Placing a long-term commitment to this hyper-expensive climate-polluting fuel at the core of transition policy does exactly zero to ensure affordable gas for domestic use here in Australia first,” he said in a statement. “On the contrary, the gas cartel is the key culprit behind the domestic energy unaffordability that has smashed Australian households and businesses over the last several years and into 2024.” Read more
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  • May, 2024 CEF in the media

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    OP ED | Gas strategy huge misstep on Australia’s partway to decarbonised future

    The Future Gas Strategy released by Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King is a massive misstep in the context of the strides the Albanese government has been making in pivoting to our economic future as renewables powered zero-emissions trade and investment leader. Australia, is positioned to lead the world in the decarbonised global economy of the rapidly emerging future, if we invest strategically at scale and redouble our efforts into future-facing clean energy and industry opportunities. Australia needs to invest in our future, not prop up industries of the past. It is beyond time for Australia to make the right choice. Read more
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  • May, 2024 CEF in the media

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    VIDEO: Future Gas Strategy met with significant backlash

    Tim Buckley from Climate Energy Finance says that Labor’s gas plan announcement is at odds with the government’s recent progress on its climate goals. Buckley says the Labor government’s Future Gas Strategy is a total undermining of the climate science and the climate action. Read more
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