Regional Queensland solar farm to power 5,300 households and create up to 175 jobs

A new $69 million utility-scale solar farm in rural Queensland is set to provide a real-time example of how renewables can benefit fringe-of-grid electricity networks and users. The Government is supporting the project with $22.8 million funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and up to $20 million debt finance through the Clean Energy Finance…

Australia establishes International Partnership for Blue Carbon

At the Global Landscapes Forum in Paris, Australia is pleased to announce that we are establishing an International Partnership for Blue Carbon. The Partnership brings together governments, non-profit organisations, intergovernmental agencies, and scientists to increase understanding of, and accelerate action on the important role of coastal blue carbon ecosystems in climate change action. Blue carbon…

Australia and Brunei Darussalam announce the 2nd Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit

The Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP today announced that Brunei Darussalam will host the second Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit, from 3 to 5 August 2016. Following the successful Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit held in Sydney in November 2014, the Australian Government has been leading efforts in the region to conserve, halt and reverse…

Private Sector Roundtable established to conserve forest ecosystems in the Asia-Pacific region

The Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt, and Ms Aida Greenbury, Managing Director of Sustainability at Asia Pulp and Paper Group, today announced the establishment of a Private Sector Roundtable to harness private sector expertise on protecting rainforest ecosystems in the region. The Asia-Pacific region is home to one of the three largest…

Doorstop – Paris

E&OE…. Topics: Paris climate summit, Great Barrier Reef, Blue Carbon GREG HUNT: Well I want to welcome everybody to Oceans Day at COP21. As part of Australia’s contribution to Oceans Day there are really three things I'd like to announce and address briefly. First is that under the Reef Trust we are announcing and releasing…

New research on the potential for Blue Carbon to reduce emissions and help tackle climate change

The potential for Blue Carbon to play a significant role in reducing Australia’s emissions will be the focus of a new research project under the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP). Blue Carbon – carbon stored in marine and coastal habitats – could play a significant role in reducing emissions, while also supporting biodiversity conservation, fisheries…

Australia releases National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy

The Australian Government has set the path for future climate resilience, with the release today of a national strategy. Today at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, I launched Australia’s National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy that builds on our nation’s innovative response to extreme weather and climate variability. The strategy gives Australia…