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  • A short-lived gas shortfall

    Authors: Tim Forcey, Dylan McConnell Abstract: With the publication of the 9 th March 2017 Gas Statement of Opportunities (GSOO), the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) cautioned that within 18 months, “shortfalls” of gas supply could lead to shortfalls in the supply of electricity generated by burning gas. AEMO suggested solutions to potential shortfalls that included the construction of...

  • Submission to 2017 Review of Australia's climate change policies

    Lead Author: Annabelle Workman 1,2,3 1 Australian-German Climate and Energy College 2 EU Centre on shared complex challenges 3 School of Earth Sciences Download full report and list of authors here . Recommendations To protect Australia’s national interests, it is recommended that the Australian Government: establish an achievable, equitable and economically responsible 2030 greenhouse gas...

  • Energetic Implications of a Post-industrial Information Economy: The Case Study of Australia

    Author : Graham Palmer Citation :Palmer, G. 2017. Energetic Implications of a Post-industrial Information Economy: The Case Study of Australia. BioPhysical Economics and Resource Quality ;2(2): 5. The article is available here Abstract : The potential for decoupling of energy and resources from economic growth should enable economic development while improving environmental sustainability...

  • Live Emissions

    A project that is currently looking for funding. LogoDraft.jpg Please contact Anne Houston (anne.houston@unimelb.edu.au) for more information.

  • Power Policy: Energy Funding Announcements

    Dylan McConnell , PhD student at the Climate and Energy College, discussed the lack of coordination in develping power policy, conflicts between federal and state interests, and some details of the federal government's and South Australia's plans to secure energy supply. (ABC News, 18 March) ABC24 Interview March 2017 - D. McConnell from Climate Energy College on Vimeo .

  • The Paris Agreement global goals: What does a fair share for G20 countries look like?

    Author: Yann Robiou du Pont 12 1 Australian-German Climate and Energy College 2 EU Centre on shared complex challenges Download full report here . This report reviews the literature to compare the socio-economic implications and climate impacts of achieving each of the Paris Agreement temperature goals: 1.5 °C and 2 °C. Drawing on a recent publication (Robiou du Pont, Jeffery, Gütschow, et al.,...

  • Severe heatwaves show the need to adapt livestock management for climate

    During the recent heatwave in New South Wales, which saw record-breaking temperatures for two days in a row, 40 dairy cows died in Shoalhaven , a city just south of Sydney. ...Cattle are vulnerable to changes in rainfall patterns (variability and extremes), temperature (average and extremes), humidity, and evaporation. Read more of this article co-authored by College students Elisabeth Vogel and...

  • Our power grid is crying out for capacity, but should we open the gas valves?

    With high gas prices partly to blame for the electricity blackouts that hit South Australia this month, and gas-fired generators caught short in New South Wales two days later, it is hardly surprising to hear calls for Australia to expand production. ... But how much extra gas do we need? And how do we square this with the equally pressing need to reduce our use of fossil fuels? Read more of this...

  • Cathy Alexander on Climate Change &Trump on BBC World Service

    Screenshot_2017-02-20-10-27-07.jpg Cathy Alexander, a researcher with us and the Melbournse Sustainable Society Institute, discussed sustainability, US climate policy under Trump, and Australia’s electricity supply challenge. On BBC World Service.

  • Future Impacts of Climate Change on Streamflows

    Authors : Sonya Fiddes and Bertrand Timbal Abstract : Streamflows in key catchments across the State of Victoria, Australia, are projected into the future utilising a previously developed multiple linear regression. The regression uses a temporal range of rainfall and temperature parameters to compute monthly streamflows, and is applied to an ensemble of 22 statistically downscaled global climate...

  • Paris Equity Check Website

    A new interactive website shows how equitable are countries' climate pledges under the Paris Agreement mitigation goals. This website is based on a Nature Climate Change study that compares Nationally Determined Contributions with equitable national emissions trajectories in line with the five categories of equity outlined by the IPCC.

  • Paris Equity Check

    A new interactive website shows how equitable are countries' climate pledges under the Paris Agreement mitigation goals. This website is based on a Nature Climate Change study that compares Nationally Determined Contributions with equitable national emissions trajectories in line with the five categories of equity outlined by the IPCC.

  • Paris Agreement goals: equitable mitigation

    Benchmarks to guide countries in ratcheting-up ambition, climate finance, and support in an equitable manner are critical but not yet determined in the context of the Paris Agreement . Global cost-optimal mitigation scenarios consistent with the Paris Agreement goals have been identified and emissions dynamically allocated to countries according to five equity approaches, which can be seen here...

  • Equitable mitigation to achieve the Paris Agreement goals

    Authors: Yann Robiou du Pont, M. Louise Jeffery, Johannes Gütschow, Joeri Rogelj, Peter Christoff & Malte Meinshausen Abstract : Benchmarks to guide countries in ratcheting-up ambition, climate finance, and support in an equitable manner are critical but not yet determined in the context of the Paris Agreement 1 . We identify global cost-optimal mitigation scenarios consistent with the Paris...

  • Our cities need to go on a resource diet

    Cities are the epicentres of human activity. They cover less than 2% of the earth’s land surface but generate about 70% of GDP and house more than half the human population. The importance of cities is only going to increase in coming decades as another 2.5 billion people move to urban centres . Read more of this article co-authored by Alexei Trundle in The Conversation here .

  • Will the latest electricity review bring climate and energy policy together at last?

    Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM) is under review following the state-wide blackout that hit South Australia in September. The review , led by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, will “develop a national reform blueprint to maintain energy security and reliability". Importantly, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) specifically agreed that the review would consider Australia’s...

  • The role of health co-benefits in the development of Australian climate change mitigation policies

    Annabelle Workman, PhD student, presented on her work in November. Reducing domestic carbon dioxide and other emissions can lead to short-term, localised health benefits. Quantifying and incorporating these health co-benefits into the development of national emissions reduction (mitigation) policies may facilitate the adoption of stronger climate change mitigation policies. So what is the current...

  • Value of Aligning Dispatch and Settlement

    Author: Dylan McConnell 12 1 Melbourne Energy Institute (University of Melbourne) 2 Australian-German Climate and Energy College (University of Melbourne) Download full report here . Screen Shot 2016-11-30 at 9.55.04 am.png Summary Points More storage capacity is required with 30-minute settlement to realise the same value as under 5-minute settlement. The impact of forecast errors has a...

  • Burping Oil and Gas Infrastructure

    Dimitri Lafleur, PhD candidate. presented "Burping Oil and Gas Infrastructure" in November 2016. The seminar elaborated on the review of current and future methane emissions from Australian unconventional oil and gas production , commissioned by the Australia Institute, that was conducted by the Melbourne Energy Institute and released late October. View the presentation here .

  • Equitably Determined Contributions to reach the Paris Agreement goals - the 1.5°C perspective

    What are countries' fair shares of global mitigation to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to 1.5 °C? Yann Robiou du Pont, PhD Candidate at the Australian-German Climate and Energy College, presented at the International Conference - " 1.5 Degrees: Meeting the challenges of the Paris Agreement ", held at the University of Oxford in September. The full session on 'Mitigation...

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Web tools and Projects we developed

  • Open-NEM

    The live tracker of the Australian electricity market.

  • Paris Equity Check

    This website is based on a Nature Climate Change study that compares Nationally Determined Contributions with equitable national emissions trajectories in line with the five categories of equity outlined by the IPCC.

  • liveMAGICC Climate Model

    Run one of the most popular reduced-complexity climate carbon cycle models online. Used by IPCC, UNEP GAP reports and numerous scientific publications.

  • NDC & INDC Factsheets

    Check out our analysis of all the post-2020 targets that countries announced under the Paris Agreement.