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Reports and Analysis | Tim Buckley  |  Jan 25, 2023

Heading in the right direction for energy transformation

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) released its fourth quarter of 2022 Quarterly Energy Dynamics report today. It is a welcome reminder that the energy transition is well established and accelerating beyond expectations. While rampant fossil fuel price hyperinflation caused mass disruption in 2022, the underlying trends are clear – and the burgeoning of renewables and decline of coal and gas in the grid ultimately spell permanent price relief. After the historic Q4 federal government intervention to cap wholesale prices of gas and coal, prices on the electricity futures market more than halved in the final three months of 2022, as renewables set new records. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  Jan 21, 2023

CEF NEWS UPDATE | Safeguard Mechanism & carbon credits review; gas cartel doth protest too much

Post the Safeguard Mechanism and ACCU reviews, Australia finally has the framework for a credible carbon price, the key driver of energy transition; gas wars hot up; our latest analysis of Australia’s critical minerals, new economy metals and manufacturing opportunities, looking at embodied decarbonisation; and our most recent bank assessment, this time focussing on CBA. Read more

Reports and Analysis | Tim Buckley  |  Jan 20, 2023

The Safeguard Mechanism and ACCU reforms

Energy Minister Chris Bowen this month reported on the Federal Government’s review of the Safeguard Mechanism, the central policy driver of scope 1 industrial emissions reductions by Australia’s 215 biggest emitting facilities. Also this month, the outcomes of the Chubb Review of Australian Carbon Credit Units were handed down. The reforms of these key pieces of climate and energy policy architecture were urgent and necessary. Our key takeout: the proposed changes now provide the framework for a credible carbon price in Australia. Read our full analysis. Read more

Reports and Analysis | Tim Buckley  |  Jan 20, 2023

ANALYSIS | Embodied decarbonisation: How critical minerals, mining and manufacturing majors are transitioning to clean energy 

Paper # 9 in CEF’s critical minerals series: Our nation’s massive firmed RE and critical minerals comparative advantages provide a once in a century opportunity for Australia to become a global leader in decarbonised heavy industry. In the latest instalment in our series on critical minerals and new economy metals and manufacture, we review the efforts of Australian mining and refining, energy and manufacturing companies in decarbonising their operations by shifting to renewables. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  Jan 19, 2023

CBA FY2022 Full Year Results | Climate Finance Assessment

In the fourth in CEF’s series of climate finance analyses of Australia’s Big 5 banks, Nishtha Aggarwal reviews CommBank’s FY2022 full year financial disclosures across four climate themes. CBA is the largest Australian bank by market and plays a role in more than 40% of all domestic financial transactions. We find CBA is getting the trend right, setting a benchmark in sustainable finance transparency and success in oil and gas portfolio decarbonisation, but can still do more to pivot balance sheet financing of Australian climate solutions. Read more

Reports and Analysis | Tim Buckley  |  Jan 18, 2023

Cooking with gas on the nose as health concerns mount and governments act

As the ACT bans methane gas connections in new homes, new peer-reviewed research finds that 13% of childhood asthma cases in the US can be attributed to gas stove use. Tim Buckley writes that it’s time to turn off this expensive, toxic legacy fuel, shut down the cartel’s self-interested gaslighting, and “electrify everything” – reaping the economic, health and climate benefits of the transition. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  Dec 23, 2022

CEF NEWS UPDATE | Hope restored as clean energy momentum escalates – our 2022 wrap

Our wrap of the top ten energy events in 2022, including the end of federal climate and energy policy chaos under the LNP, and our wishlist for an even better 2023! Read more

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

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