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Climate policy is all about investment

As published in the Australian Financial Review on 17 January, 2020. As the Morrison Government starts to clean up the damage caused by this summer’s catastrophic bushfires, can it use this political near-death experience to re-set the way we manage climate change. Only seven months ago the Coalition won the 2019 election with a deliberately

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Why climate heat is maxing out the power system

Published in the Australian Financial Review, January 3, 2020 It’s been a brute of a summer, and we’re only a third of the way through. Record high temperatures and dry conditions have fuelled bushfires across the continent. The scale of the carnage has dominated public discourse. Summer heat waves also test the limits of the

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Europe’s Green Deal is 21st century protectionism

Published in the Australian Financial Review, December 19, 2019 For the past week the headlines have been dominated by bushfires and Brexit, blackouts and Boris. Another heatwave, another disappointing UN climate talks. It’s easy to have missed the red warning light that started blinking last week in the control room at the Department of Foreign

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The Blackout season cometh

The arrival of summer in Australia is heralded by some time honoured traditions; putting up the Christmas tree, the sound of test cricket on the radio and the now traditional pre-Christmas alarm about the risk of summer blackouts. Blackouts – the sudden and unexpected loss of electricity supply, remain an annoying, and sometimes expensive, reality

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The future of aluminium in Australia

The future of Australia’s ailing aluminium industry is being decided right now: not by the Morrison or Andrews Governments, but by global business climate risk management strategies, consumer mega trends, the fall out from China’s economic growth and even the threTheat of carbon trade wars. How this plays out will directly impact hundreds of smelter

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Hydrogen: a cage fight with the laws of physics

When energy ministers meet later this month one of the few things they’re likely to agree upon is hydrogen. More specifically, a ringing endorsement to the imminent release of a national hydrogen strategy in Australia. Japan and International Energy Agency have already released hydrogen strategy papers this year. Global interest in developing a hydrogen economy

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