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14pc less water in Canberra’s catchments than same time last year heading into spring; further restrictions possible

Posted by gmarkets on 12 October, 2007

There was almost 14 per cent less water in Canberra’s catchments than there was at the same time last year heading into spring, reported The Canberra Times (1/9/2007, p.1).

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Canberra may be hit by bushfires, on same scale as 2003 inferno, every eight years by 2050, says CSIRO climate-change study

Posted by gmarkets on 2 October, 2007

Canberra could be hit by catastrophic bushfires on the same scale as the 2003 inferno every eight years by 2050, according to a new study on the impacts of climate change, reported The Canberra Times (27/9/2007, p.3).

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How green is the Australian Greenhouse Office? John Gorton Building managers report

Posted by gmarkets on 19 September, 2007

Federal Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Malcolm Turnbull, answering written questions from Labor MP Kate Ellis in the Federal House of Representatives on 11 September 2007, said the John Gorton Building had utilised 100 per cent Greenpower since 2003, which ensured that the equivalent power used by the building was sourced from renewable energy sources.

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ACT greenhouse gas reduction benchmark recalculated: lower percentage of total NSW-ACT market, lower population growth

Posted by gmarkets on 15 September, 2007

The greenhouse gas abatement scheme was the single most effective greenhouse gas abatement measure currently available to the territory, said ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope in the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly on 21 August 2007.

Scheme outlined: Stanhope said: “Under the Electricity (Greenhouse Gas Emissions) Act, the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission is the scheme regulator in the ACT. One of the commission’s functions as regulator is to determine the greenhouse gas reduction target or benchmark for the ACT in any given year. The scheme is designed to reduce or offset greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of electricity. It requires retailers of electricity in the ACT to procure an increasing component of their product from cleaner and greener means, thereby effecting large reductions in associated greenhouse gases.”

Targets met for 2006 compliance year: “The compliance of these retailers in 2005 achieved greenhouse gas emissions abatement of 316,362 tonnes,” Stanhope said. “This is the equivalent of the annual emissions produced by around 73,570 cars. In 2006, there were 14 licensed electricity retailers in the ACT. The report confirms that all ACT electricity retailers have met their obligations under the scheme for the 2006 compliance year.”

Statistics re-worked: “In 2006, the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission recalculated the ACT’s percentage of the NSW-ACT market,” said Stanhope. “The result was a lower percentage than previously calculated, which in turn affects the benchmark level. In addition, the population has grown by less than expected, which has also affected the benchmark level as it is based upon emissions per capita. Consequently, there has been a reduction in emissions savings in 2006. A total of 207,379 abatement certificates were surrendered in 2006 under the ACT scheme. This is the equivalent to removing about 48,000 cars from the roads for a year.”

Joint scheme is working: “The greenhouse gas abatement scheme remains the single most effective greenhouse gas abatement measure currently available to the territory. It is supported by the climate change strategy and demonstrates how an inter-jurisdictional emissions trading scheme can work to reduce emissions,” Stanhope said.

Reference: MR Stanhope, Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory, Member for Ginninderra, ALP, Debates of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory, Daily Hansard, Edited proof transcript 21 August 2007. A copy of these proceedings can be accessed at

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APEC not the main game: real deal is United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change, which next meets in Bali in December

Posted by gmarkets on 14 September, 2007

A Phillipines President Gloria Arroyo welcomed climate change discussions at APEC but said the key forum for final negotiations remained the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change, which next meets in Bali in December. Australian officials had drafted am APEC flexible deal that stopped short of setting long-term goals for emissions reductions, accommodating the concerns of developing APEC countries, reported The Australian (6/9/2007, p. 1). Draft rewritten: Instead, they wanted to put energy efficiency, which involved reducing fuel use to cut greenhouse emissions, as the centrepiece of prime minister John Howard’s APEC climate change initiative. The draft text on Howard’s Sydney Declaration on climate change, which was being debated by officials, had been significantly rewritten since an earlier version was leaked by Greenpeace two weeks ago.

The Australian, 6/9/2007, p. 1

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