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'The latest message for the energy industry and the global warming movement is that clean energy is out of fashion and low-emissions is in.'
Read more in Robert Pritchard's article 'More pragmatism is needed for energy innovation' published on 7 December in Business Spectator. Download now.
The Energy Policy Institute of Australia has issued a discussion paper canvassing the establishment of a National Energy Commission. The report can be downloaded by clicking here.
The Energy Policy Institute considers that existing institutional arrangements on policymaking are inadequate, being spread amongst jurisdictions and across multiple organisations, with resources spread very thinly and lacking co-ordination.
The Institute's discussion paper responds to the Australian government's recent Energy White Paper. The Institute invites comments from stakeholders. Please click here to respond.
A paper submitted to the Australian G20 and B20 process by Robert Pritchard, Executive Director of the Energy Policy Institute.
The paper highlights why the energy sector needs to be singled out for priority attention by the G20 and why Australia needs a long-term energy vision.
A presentation to Griffith University's Griffith Asia Institute
Author: Robert Pritchard, Executive Director, Energy Policy Institute of Australia
Australia and Japan need to deepen and strengthen their established relationship to take account of Japan's continuing dependence on imported energy and the need of both countries to play an effective part in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. Australia not only needs to be a reliable supplier but it needs to provide a more conducive place to invest, so that a greater measure of vertical integration can take place. Global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and the spectre of climate change continues to loom. Closer collaboration on energy-related, low-carbon science and technology and policy measures has therefore become a more important priority An enhanced Australia-Japan relationship that addresses these needs could be a model for Australia's relationships with its other major trading partners.
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Author: Robert Pritchard, Executive Director, Energy Policy Institute of Australia and Managing Director, ResourcesLaw International
This paper was presented by Robert Pritchard to the Australian National Conference on Resources and Energy 2013.
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"The Final Energy White Paper – What Should We Expect?" In this address to the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia, the Institute's Executive Director, Robert Pritchard, strives to express an apolitical view of the Energy White Paper and to highlight not only how energy policy has been subordinated to climate policy but how future policies need to be better aligned.
A presentation to the APEC Energy Trade and Investment Task Force in Brunei, 22 November 2010 by Robert Pritchard, Executive Director, Energy Policy Institute.
" The Energy Policy Institute believes that development and development of low-carbon energy technology provides the common policy thread for progressive alignment of global energy and climate policies.
Energy security is economy-specific but climate change applies equally to all economies. In the absence of a global climate framework, many economies are now undertaking the task of reconciling their domestic energy and climate policies. This work is likely to be substantially completed within a few years."
'Australia is a moderate economic power. While we must do our fair share, we should strive to be a fast adopter of advanced technologies that are developed internationally. The climate challenge is not just about how to put a price on carbon.'
‘Pricing ourselves out of a solution’ .. an Op-Ed published in The Australian Financial Review on 10 November 2010. (Author: Robert Pritchard, Executive Director of the Energy Policy Institute.)
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In conjunction with ESON (the Energy State of the Nation) in March 2010, the EA's Young Energy Professionals Group met in Brisbane to collectively respond to the challenge of forecasting Austrlaia's stationary energy mix in 2030. Despite their best efforts to come up with a definitive forecast, they found the task impossible because of a myriad of variables that would influence the outcome.
We invite you to read this fine contribution to the energy debate. Click here to download "A Myriad of Variables".
[Y]ESON Outcomes paper, 2010. click here to download.
Prepared by Executive Director, Robert Pritchard and published with the authority of the EA Executive the attached paper “Climate Finance Falls Short” is a response to the G20 Leaders Statement in Pittsburgh directing G20 Finance Ministers to consider proposals for the provision of climate finance.
It highlights the interconnectedness of climate, energy, energy technology, finance and politics and suggests that immediate consideration be given to the institution of a study into the establishment of a G20-led Low-Emissions Energy Fund to provide finance on concessional terms to borrowers who use the best available, nationally appropriate energy technologies.
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What actions need to be taken in connection with regulatory and infrastructure frameworks to develop and preserve the energy supply options necessary to provide an optimal energy mix for Australia in a carbon constrained world?
A presentation exploring these issues was made to a meeting of Energy Policy Institute members in May 2009. We welcome your feedback. Please email your comments via the form on the Contact Us page.
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The review shows that the global credit crunch has caused the pool of global capital available to the industry to shrink, and has caused most foreign banks to withdraw from the Australian project financing market.
The main conclusions of this review were: