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  • The world following the USA 2025 pledge
    Facts4Paris: if every country matches the US pledge, in 2025 world emissions will be 6% higher than they were in 2010.

    If countries were to choose targets comparable with those of the US (where comparabability is determined either according to a 'common but differentiated per-capita convergence' scheme or to an 'equal cumulative per-capita' approach) world emissions would be 6% higher in 2025 than they were in 2010. For a least-cost 2°C trajectory, world emissions need to be 15% below 2010 emissions, or 10% above...

  • Facts4Paris: There is no way around zero emissions.

    Regardless of the temperature at which we want to stop global warming there is no way around zero carbon emissions. As the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report showed (and as the G7 Agreement picked up) by 2050 carbon emissions from the electricity sector have to be zero. In the middle of the second half of the century, all carbon emissions ought to be phased out to net zero and by the end of the 21st...

  • World Per-capita Emissions
    Facts4Paris: Australia's per-capita emissions remain the highest among its key trading partners

    We quantified fossil and industrial greenhouse gas emissions for major emitters under their INDCs using the UN 2015 revised population projections (medium scenario) to calculate per-capita emissions to 2025 and 2030. Australia remains the highest per-capita emitter in the selection of countries shown above. Chinese per-capita emissions are about the same as those of the EU28 and continue to grow...

  • #Facts4Paris carbon budget
    Facts4Paris: 79% of post-2011 carbon budget all used up by 2030.

    For a likely (66%) chance of staying below 2°C of warming, we can only afford another 1000 GtCO 2 cumulative carbon emissions after 2011. If INDCs are not augmented, we will have exhausted about 580 GtCO 2 of those 1000 GtCO 2 by 2025 and 790 GtCO 2 by 2030. For a 1.5C carbon buget of 550 GtCO2, the current INDCs will exhaust that by 2025. Source: Own calculations based on our INDC factsheets ...

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    Paris Agreement Implementation

    Are you looking to understand what countries' post-2020 climate targets actually mean in terms of emissions? Or what they need to be if we want to limit warming to within 2°C? Do you want to receive our latest stream of facts for the Paris negotiations? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, then the below resources are for you. INDC Factsheets For every country that announced an INDC...

  • FactCheck: does coal-fired power cost $79/kWh and wind power $1502/kWh?

    Originally published in The Conversation on 23 July, 2015, 1.37pm AEST By Dylan McConnell and Alan Pears (RMIT University) image-20150720-12567-entzeh.jpg Broadcaster Alan Jones said on Q&A that the cost of wind power far outstrips the cost of coal power. AAP Image/Lukas Coch 80% of Australian energy comes from coal, coal-fired power, and it’s about $79 a kilowatt hour. Wind power is about $...

  • How much does wind energy cost? Debunking the myths

    Orginally published in The Conversation on 23 June, 2015, 3:44pm AEST By Dylan McConnell image-20150623-19427-18cylba.jpg Wind energy will not cost Australians billions of dollars. David Clarke/Flickr , CC BY-NC-ND Are renewables pushing up the cost of electricity? That’s the claim made by Alan Moran in an opinion piece for the Australian Financial Review this week. Moran, executive director of...

  • Bioenergy maize and soil erosion—Risk assessment and erosion control concepts

    Authors: Vogel, E., Deumlich, D., & Kaupenjohann, M. Abstract : In the last decade, legislative incentives have led to a significant increase in maize cultivation for the generation of energy from biomass in Germany. The expansion of maize acreage resulted in an increased risk of water erosion due to the low vegetative soil cover after the seeding of the maize and the linear structure and...

  • Estimating the value of electricity storage in an energy-only wholesale market

    Authors: Dylan McConnell, Tim Forcey, M. Sandiford Abstract : Price volatility and increasing renewable energy generation have raised interest in the potential opportunities for storage technologies in energy-only electricity markets. In this paper we explore the value of a price-taking storage device in such a market, the National Electricity Market (NEM) in Australia. Our analysis suggests that...

  • Five Years of Declining Annual Consumption of Grid-Supplied Electricity

    Authors: Mike Sandiford; Tim Forcey; Alan Pears; Dylan McConnell THE ELECTRICITY JOURNAL, Volume: 28, Issue 7, Pages: 1-22, DOI: 10.1016/j.tej.2015.07.007, Published: AUG 2015 Abstract: For decades, consumption of grid-supplied electricity increased in line with a growing economy. In the five years since 2009, however, annual consumption in eastern Australia declined by 7 percent, even while the...

  • Al Gore looks to states, not Canberra, on Australian climate visit

    Originally published in The Conversation on 28, July 2015, 10:27am. Climate campaigner Al Gore has been in Australia again - but this time he didn’t share a stage with a beaming Clive Palmer . He didn’t go anywhere near Canberra. And he had good reason. Gore, the former US vice-president who travels the world spruiking action on climate change, wanted to meet with state governments and city...

  • Carbon Copy August 2015

    Carbon Copy Newsletter, August 2015 The Climate & Energy College met Al Gore during his visit to the University on Monday, 27 June. Photo: Paul Burston. Annual Report We launched our first Annual Report in June. It's the first publication to present our new logo and also to showcase what we do and our achievements so far. You can access a PDF copy here . If you'd like a hard copy of the...

  • Process modelling to assess the sequestration and productivity benefits of soil carbon for pasture

    Authors : Rachelle Meyer; Brendan R Cullen; Ian R Johnson; Richard J Eckard Abstract : Soil carbon is often cited as having potential to provide both climate change mitigation and adaptation benefits. Given the extensive ecosystem service benefits of soil organic matter (SOM), including increasing N supply and plant-available water-holding capacity (PAWHC), we hypothesized that on-farm benefits...

  • Given the value of emissions cuts, solar subsidies are worth it

    Originally published in The Conversation on 27 May, 2:30pm. By Dylan McConnell image-20150527-25080-qew9lk.jpg A new Grattan Institute report suggests solar panels in Australia might be more trouble than they are worth. Duncan Rowalinson/Flickr , CC BY-NC Earlier this week the Grattan Institute released the report Sundown, sunrise: how Australia can finally get solar power right . It looked at...

  • A matter of degrees: why 2C warming is officially unsafe

    27 May 2015, 6.08am AEST, by our PhD student Kate Dooley and Peter Christoff, from https://theconversation.com/a-matter-of-degrees-why-2c-warming-is-officially-unsafe-42308 The goal of international climate negotiations is “to avoid dangerous atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases”. In 2010, Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change formally recognised the “long...

  • FactCheck: Has any country bested Australia in emissions intensity reduction since 1990?

    From The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/factcheck-has-any-country-bested-australia-in-emissions-intensity-reduction-since-1990-41518 By Graham Palmer and Roger Dargaville, 20 May 2015, 6.05am AEST Has any other country achieved a greater reduction than Australia in the intensity of their emissions per unit of GDP over between 1990 and now? AAP Image/Dan Peled From 1990 to now our real...

  • BP’s extreme climate forecast puts energy giant in a bind

    1 April 2015, 6.08am AEDT, from the Conversation https://theconversation.com/bps-extreme-climate-forecast-puts-energy-giant-in-a-bind-39250 Authors: Roger Dargaville, Research Fellow, Energy Research Institute at University of Melbourne Annabelle Workman, PhD student, EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges at University of Melbourne Changlong Wang, PhD Student, The Australian-German College of...

  • Here’s how the states can dodge Canberra’s renewable roadblock

    21 May 2015, 12.34pm AEST by Dylan McConnell The states could ‘top up’ renewable funding to encourage development.  Indigo Skies Photography /Flickr , CC BY-NC-ND Labor and the Coalition government have now agreed to cut the federal renewable energy target (RET) from 41,000 gigawatt hours in 2020, to 33,000 GWh – a reduction of almost 20%. This agreement has been hailed as restoring stability...

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  • 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.

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