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Outcomes from Poland and UN climate Conference COP24: more action needed

Australian Environment Minister walks off the stage after delivering Australia’s ambition poor statement.

It has been a hectic two weeks for negotiators at the United Nations Climate Change conference, meeting in the heart of Poland’s coal province of Silesia. The conference was due to close on Friday 14 December, but intense negotiations continued overnight and were only finalised on Saturday evening.

The Paris rulebook was (mostly) landed to continue the momentum from Paris in 2015, and this was a vital measurement of the conference success, but some elements were just too contentious to achieve consensus and have been pushed forward to COP25 meeting in Santiago, Chile in 2019.

Climate Action Moreland Convenor John Englart has been following the negotiations, discussions, and protests online and posting blog articles over the last two weeks. He also tracked Australia’s Environment Minister Melissa Price and her public presence on social media and deciphered her High level speech for Australia.

Australia won one Fossil of the Day award for refusing to rule out using Kyoto credits to meet Paris targets, and shared in another award from the conference. While Climate policies are on the rise globally, global ambition level by many countries is still lacking, with Australia rated highly insufficient and delaying global progress.

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December 18, 2018 at 10:49 am Leave a comment

Climate survey of Candidates in #Vicvotes #Brunswick #PascoeVale #Broadmeadows

Climate Action Moreland has conducted surveys of candidates for the Victorian State Election in November 2018 for the electorates of Brunswick, Pascoe Vale, and Broadmeadows.  Candidates were emailed the survey based on the Candidate email details supplied to the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC). Survey was sent Monday 12 November, and a reminder on Friday 16 November.

The results for each Legislative Assembly electorate are:
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November 18, 2018 at 3:40 pm 5 comments

Cooling the Upfield Corridor – Moreland Council adopts plan mitigating Urban heat

Cooling the Upfield Corridor UHIE heatmap

Moreland Council has adopted the Cooling the Upfield Corridor Action Plan 2018-2019.

It is not nearly enough to cut emissions and have a zero community emissions by 2040 target, we also need to look at climate adaptation in our highly built up urban environment. This too is part of a climate emergency response framework.

The urban heat island effect amplifies temperatures due to the urban built infrastructure and surfaces such as roads and carparks. Our Municipality is especially vulnerable to the urban heat island effect.

In coming decades Melbourne is likely to experience 50 degrees days according to researchers at the ANU, even if we limit global temperatures to 2 degrees or the much more ambituous 1.5 degrees target.
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October 14, 2018 at 3:13 pm Leave a comment

Submission: Melbourne Airport flying blind on aviation emissions danger

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Melbourne Airport is planning massive expansion of infrastructure, including new terminals and new and upgraded runways, additional flightpaths, which will induce greater travel demand, increasing the number of flights, and a huge increase in the aviation emissions. But the Masterplan fails to talk about the increase in aviation emissions that expansion will bring about.

Climate Action Moreland has done a hasty, but fairly detailed commentary, on the Melbourne Airport Masterplan. This also justifies our call for a moratorium on Melbourne airport expansion, and the growth mantra that is embedded in the Masterplan document that is at odds with climate science, and the Paris Agreement targets of needing to rapidly reduce emissions.

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October 8, 2018 at 5:55 pm 1 comment

Meeting with Peter Khalil MP on climate action

On May 1st, 2018 a delegation of four from Climate Action Moreland met with our Federal MP for Wills, Peter Khalil to talk about Labor Party policy and action on climate change. This report is based on our talking points.20180501-Meeting-with-PeterKhalil-IMG_6612

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May 14, 2018 at 11:23 pm 1 comment

Submission: National Energy Guarantee needs to enable energy transition

Climate Action Moreland has made a submission to the Energy Security Board on the National Energy Guarantee. Our criticism/suggestions revolve around: the need for Demand Response to be prioritised; no undermining or restrictions on state emission reduction targets; Voluntary action must be considered additional to targets; no offsets should be allowed for the electricity sector; Flexible Compliance – Limit the Carrying Forward of Over-achievement; and Setting Emissions Target as an Absolute Value vs Percentage.

The Guarantee was considered by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council at its last meeting in November 2017 which agreed that further development work and public consultation should be conducted.

We think, in it’s current form, the National Energy Guarantee will embed coal and gas fired generation and restrict the growth of renewables, holding back the energy transition.

We need a rapid transition of the electricity sector as this sector is more easily decarbonised than other sectors, and will also enable the transport sector to then be decarbonised through electrification and battery power.

Our submission follows:
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March 9, 2018 at 7:43 am Leave a comment

Turnbull’s National Energy Guarantee policy prolongs coal hinders renewables

NEG compared. Courtesy: Environment Victoria

Malcolm Turnbull has rejected the Chief Scientist recommendation of a Clean Energy Target and given us a National Energy Guarantee in it’s place which will mostly focus on reliability and affordability with limited emissions reduction.

This policy is guaranteed to keep coal and gas playing a substantial role in electricity production and act to slow down the take up of renewables, batteries and other despatchable technologies such as pumped hydro and solar thermal.
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October 20, 2017 at 2:26 am Leave a comment

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