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Reports and Analysis |  |  Dec 21, 2022

Westpac FY2022 Full Year Results | Climate Finance Assessment

In the third instalment in our series of climate finance analyses of Australia’s Big 5 banks, CEF’s Nishtha Aggarwal reviews Westpac’s FY2022 full year financial disclosures across 4 key themes. We find that while Westpac is making progress, e.g., mitigating greenwash through lending classifications that improve disclosure on sustainable finance, and decreasing coal, oil and gas lending, there is significant room to improve ambition across all 4 themes. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  Dec 19, 2022

Federal govt’s big battery play another leap forward to clean, cheap energy

Having moved decisively with an energy price relief plan that addresses the worst of the gas cartel’s market failure, Energy Minister Chris Bowen is again moving at speed on the energy transition, with 8 major new battery developments that will accelerate the deployment of much needed storage for grid firming capacity by 2025, attract close to $3 billion in private capital and add 2GW of capacity. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  Dec 16, 2022

CEF NEWS UPDATE | Govt delivers on energy price relief plan as fossil lobby bleats into the wind

An historic week saw the federal govt legislate coal and gas price caps and bill rebates under its energy price relief plan, with an additional commitment to electrify everything, and a staggering endorsement from the market as prices on the electricity futures market dropped 50%. We also look at progress on decarbonisation in India, finding a doubling of RE installs rate is needed to hit Modi’s target of 450GW by 2030. Read more

Reports and Analysis | Tim Buckley  |  Dec 14, 2022

Government secures passage of energy price relief plan as gas lobby gushes a torrent of threats and spin

It is brilliant to see that the federal government, having struck an agreement with the Greens and crossbench, has secured the passage through parliament tomorrow of its energy price relief plan. Meanwhile, the gas lobbying is gushing a torrent of threats and spin, determined to continue to line its own pockets at the expense of Australians. Read more

Reports and Analysis | Tim Buckley  |  Dec 10, 2022

ANALYSIS | The Inflation Reduction Act is Spurring a Tsunami of Inbound US Investment

Paper #8 in our critical minerals series. The US$369bn IRA signed into law this year is the single biggest climate commitment in US history, and is triggering a monumental inflow of green capital which is transforming the US energy and economic landscape. CEF’s Tim Buckley and Matt Pollard take a close look at the deal book and policy context. Read more

Reports and Analysis | Tim Buckley  |  Dec 9, 2022

National Cabinet agrees on fossil fuel price caps, energy rebates

National cabinet agreed on welcome measures today to curb the fossil fuel bill shock impacting Australians, including coal and gas wholesale price caps, $1.5bn in energy rebates and an energy security plan comprising the newly agreed capacity investment mechanism and the $20bn Rewiring the Nation strategy. Still to do: tax the fossil multinationals making obscene war profits from Australia’s sovereign public assets as they laugh all way to the bank. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  Dec 9, 2022

CEF NEWS UPDATE | Energy price relief plan for Aus as US Climate Bills triggers tsunami of green capital

We wrap the news of the week including the energy price relief plan, the energy ministers’s agreement on a capacity investment mechanism that will trigger investment into firmed renewables, and we take a look at the tsunami of green capital inflow to the US off the back of its Inflation Reduction Act (aka Climate Bill). Read more

Reports and Analysis | Tim Buckley  |  Dec 8, 2022

Energy ministers agree on mechanism to turbocharge renewables

The new federal government has achieved something the LNP failed to deliver over a lost decade of energy policy chaos – a cooperative agreement with the state energy ministers on a capacity mechanism that will turbocharge firmed renewables and accelerate an orderly energy transition. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  Dec 7, 2022

Fossil fuel exporters will reap $120 billion gross profit in 2022, as Australian consumers are crushed by energy hyperinflation

We have done the math: multinational fossil fuel corporations will book a collective $120-140 billion gross profit in calendar year 2022. These war profiteers are inflicting untold pain on Australian households and business as energy bill shock exacerbates inflationary pressures. It’s past time for governments to step in on behalf of taxpayers and say “show me the money”. Read more

Reports and Analysis | Tim Buckley  |  Dec 5, 2022

Time to bring the baseball bat to gas cartel gouging Australians

As the government considers solutions to the fossil fuel price crisis, Tim Buckley notes that no other industry has caused such significant economic hardship for 21 million Australians, all the while banking unprecedented profits. The free ride has to stop, and the interests of Australians must come first. As Rod Sims, former chair of the ACCC has said, the government must now show the gas industry its baseball bat. Read more

Reports and Analysis | Tim Buckley  |  Dec 1, 2022

CEF NEWS UPDATE | Policy ambition triggers capital’s race to renewables

We track the energy news of the week – including the announcement of two of the world’s biggest windfarms in Victoria and QLD – as capital inflows to clean tech accelerate, driven by Australia’s increasingly ambitious climate, critical minerals and energy policies. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  Dec 1, 2022

UPDATE | ANZ 2022 Climate Change Investor Roundtable Climate Finance Assessment

A special update of CEF’s November 3 ANZ Climate Finance Assessment. In the same week that the CSIRO announced Australia has reached 1.47°C warming – 0.03 degrees shy of the Paris threshold – we were pleased to see ANZ renew its climate change commitment, boasting a massive uplift in decarbonisation finance with a $100bn pledge over 8 years, from FY2023 to FY2030. We track this positive move, and areas where there is still an urgent need for further ambition. Read more

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