How Covid is changing the way we use energy

As response to Covid-19 becomes the “new normal”, lots of people are predicting what will happen beyond the immediate crisis. The obvious answer is “it depends”. It depends on how governments, business and households react. The reality is there will be powerful competing forces.

Here’s an idea: Let’s plant our way out of the Covid crisis

There’s never been more love and appreciation of green spaces from the community. So how can we achieve an environmental, economic and health “triple point score” by delivering more and better green space as part of the post COVID-19 recovery?

New podcast ep: Esther Bailey on the quiet achievement of public service

Some people have a knack for driving change, and Esther Bailey is one of them. Joining our editor Tina Perinotto on the How to Build a Better World podcast this week, Esther talked about what she’d been up to at NABERS, the government’s environmental rating program for buildings, where she’s head of market development. NABERS […]

Alan Pears: Submission on the federal government’s Technology Investment Roadmap

The Technology Investment Roadmap discussion paper provides a useful review of a range of technologies that could contribute to management of Australia’s climate impact. But this is just one (important) element of the actions required for Australia to build a successful clean energy-based economy.

The Planners Declare movement is here

Australian planners have declared a climate and biodiversity emergency.

Gas is not the solution for our clean energy future

Say it with me: gas is not a transition fuel. COVID-19 could be the trigger for the much-needed step change in our clean energy transition. But the Morrison government has stacked the National COVID-19 Coordination Committee with oil and gas sector representatives, pushing for fossil fuel lobby-led economic recovery. It looks like gas is tipped […]

Transforming suburbia into “superbia”

With the pandemic upending normal work life, Australians are rediscovering their local suburbs and considering the bigger role they could play in a post COVID society.

The electricity market is about to turn upside down – in a good way

On 31 August 2018, three public advocacy groups wrote to the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) asking it to change the rules governing how the Australian electricity market works. Their request? Allow consumers to be paid for electricity they avoid using.

We want a green recovery and we want it now!

Around 70 per cent of Australians expect the government to put the environment centre stage in its pandemic recovery, according to a new Ipsos survey, reflecting the significant media coverage of this idea.

Why we need to assess the performance of the great outdoors

How do we know if the thing built meets expectations? There are ways to measure this so you can check out the “performance gaps” – the difference between the way a building, or any kind of space, was expected to operate, and how it operates in reality.

Our pick of the jobs

Here’s a fabulous job for someone who’s clever at finance and ambitious to help save the planet. The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) is growing, hiring a lead research analyst to focus on the Australian electricity generation sector. The not-for-profit organisation is looking for the skills mentioned for a role reporting to […]