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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 4 comments

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

Phaseout all fossil fuels – Climate Action Moreland signs Lofoten Declaration

Anglesea coal mine

The Lofoten Declaration argues that Climate Leadership Requires a Managed Decline of Fossil Fuel Production. Climate Action Moreland has endorsed this important declaration that has been signed by many Non Government Organisation around the world, large and small.

We think it is time Australia started the managed reduction of our fossil fuel production and incorporated just transition principles, particularly for the export trade.

At the launch of the declaration in early September 2017 Truls Gulowsen of Greenpeace Norway said, “The world already has access to more oil, coal, and gas than we can afford to burn if we hope to stay within the Paris climate goals. It is imperative that we stop exploring and expanding into new reserves, and instead start thinking about how we are going to have a just transition away from our dangerous dependence on fossil fuels.”

Australian greenhouse gas emissions are estimated at 1.3 per cent of global emissions, but if you factor export coal (estimated at 3.3 percent of global emissions) and Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), we produce over 5 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions when these fossil fuels are burnt. (See Christoff 2012)
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September 26, 2017 at 12:22 pm 1 comment

Submission on Tax deductible status of environmental organisations

The Australia Institute commissioned polling (Sep 2016) on tax deductible status on environmental campaigning and advocacy

The charitable status of Environmental organisations is again under threat by a Treasury discussion paper. We think this is another attack to undermine the funding of climate campaigns, orchestrated in particular by the mining lobby and Minerals Council of Australia.

Organisations such as the Australian Conservation Foundation, Environment Victoria and Friends of the Earth, and even the Climate Council, have tax deductible status which enables them to more easily fundraise for their environmental, climate and social justice campaigns. These campaigns involve important research, education and community advocacy.

You may have noticed that these, and other environmental NGOs have had a particular recent focus on climate change. We think these changes are being suggested at the behest of the Minerals Council of Australia as part of an ideological agenda to undermine the fund raising basis and to sanction environmental NGOs due to the campaign for climate justice and push for rapid emissions reduction, end to fossil fuel subsidies, call for no new coal mines and phaseout of fossil fuel exploitation.

Although we are not directly affected as we are an unincorporated association, we sometimes rely on interactions with 350 Australia, Australian Conservation Foundation, Environment Victoria and Friends of the Earth to help in our advocacy and grassroots and community education work. The tax deductible status of these organisations ensures they can fundraise, and indirectly supports our local community campaigning. Read more on this campaign by Friends of the Earth, or read the Climate Council submission.
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August 4, 2017 at 6:41 pm Leave a comment

Federal Climate policy review (2017) submission by climate groups

DCAN Climate Review Fig 1

We chose not to do our own submission to the Federal Government Climate Policy Review, that closed on May 5, but instead made a few corrections to the Darebin Climate Action submission which focused on arguing we need climate emergency policies put in place. Climate Action Moreland was one of the 29 grassroot community climate and sustainability groups that endorsed the Darebin Climate Action submission (see list at end).

This submission covered the following:

  • Overview
  • The earth is already too hot and global warming is already dangerous.
  • We can burn no more carbon for +1.5oC target.
  • Worse news: The door to less than +2oC is rapidly closing.
  • What action is needed?
  • The Government must declare a climate emergency and enact an emergency speed transition.
  • Showing the way.
  • What is missing is leadership.

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May 8, 2017 at 11:57 am Leave a comment

Modernising Australia’s electricity grid – CAM’s submission to inquiry

Climate Action Moreland has made a submission to the House of Representatives Inquiry into Modernising Australia’s electricity grid. It is reproduced below.

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April 28, 2017 at 5:10 pm Leave a comment

Celebrate Victoria’s climate change act, but we still need to do so much more

The Victorian climate Act has passed state parliament. (See this Storify)

Victoria is back on track taking climate action with the passage of the upgraded Victorian Climate Change Act through parliament with support of the Greens and cross bench MLCs Fiona Pattern (Sex Party) and Western region independant James Purcell. The Liberal and National Parties opposed the Act and have vowed to abolish any Victorian renewable energy target. (See storifys on two of the LNP blockers: Bernie Finn and David Davis)

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said, “Victorians accept the science and know that climate change is not only real, but that government, industry and the wider community must work together to fight it.” Ms D’Ambrosio has been doing an incredible amount of positive work on energy and climate change for Victoria as the Minister.

Victoria becomes the first Australian state to legislate for net zero emissions by 2050. The action was taken note of by the UNFCCC.
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March 7, 2017 at 5:54 pm Leave a comment

Moving Beyond Coal: time to scale up renewables to fight poverty

Protest at COP22 on coal and poverty via DesmogBlogUK

Protest at COP22 on coal and poverty via DesmogBlogUK

Climate Action Moreland, after discussion on our email list, has joined with over 40 NGOs at COP22 in Marrakech in a statement on Beyond coal: Scaling up clean energy to fight poverty.

Climate Action Moreland has campaigned for energy transition from coal to renewables in Victoria, but we think Australia’s export coal is also a huge problem, especially when it is justified on the grounds of reducing poverty.
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November 10, 2016 at 11:37 pm Leave a comment

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