CEDA has chosen to examine renewables and efficiency because both are vital if Australia is to transition to a low carbon emissions energy future at the potential cost of billions of dollars. If we don't get this right it will have significant economic, social and environmental costs for Australians.However, significant uncertainty surrounds what are the best energy policies to pursue, with debate often marred by vested interests.
This policy perspective draws together experts to examine:
Making renewable energy sustainable
Paul Hardisty, Global Director of Sustainability & EcoNomics™ for WorleyParsons, discusses the importance of making objective energy policy decisions that take into consideration environmental, social and economic factors.
Policy - the drug of choice for renewables
Tony Wood, Program Director, Energy, at the Grattan Institute, reviews current government policies to support renewables and explores policy options for sustainably integrating renewables into the Australian energy mix.
Financial uncertainty of technological change
John Burgess, Principal, Niche Tasks, discusses an alternative model to evaluate the viability of emerging technologies.
The outlook for energy: A view to 2040
John Dashwood, Chairman of ExxonMobil Australia, describes the importance of energy efficiency to meeting the world's future energy demand.
Andrew Pickford, Managing Director, ISSA Indo-Pacific, discusses options for transitioning the energy market structure from one based on energy as a commodity toone based on providing an energy service.