Government invests in maps of electricity grid to drive renewables investment

Investment by the Australian Government in interactive maps of Australia’s electricity grid will help identify the most valuable locations to invest in renewable energy. Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt said it was critical that we make the best, most efficient use of renewable energy. “Investing in technology to map the most valuable locations to…

Encouraging signs as Orange-bellied parrots return to Tasmania

The early arrival of the 13 Orange-bellied parrots recorded returning to Tasmania are an encouraging sign for the breeding season ahead, Minister for Environment Greg Hunt said today. Mr Hunt said he was delighted to report the sightings of the seven males and six females after a busy few months of work to assist the…

Roads to Recovery funding improves safety at Somerville roundabout

Greg Hunt today officially opened the fully refurbished intersection at Bungower and Tyabb-Tooradin Road in Somerville. “I am delighted that the Federal Government has been able to invest $1.7 million in upgrading this intersection, making it safety for local motorists,” Mr Hunt said. “Local roads such as Bungower Road provide key links from our homes,…

Australia leads the way in reducing ozone and synthetic greenhouse gas emissions

The Government’s review into ozone and synthetic greenhouse gases has identified options to deliver emissions reduction equivalent to more than 80 million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2030. This would be achieved through reducing hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions and energy savings. Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, announced a review of the Government’s Ozone Protection and…

Bill Shorten has no idea on renewables

Bill Shorten says he wants to have a real policy debate on renewables – but where’s his policy? All we’ve seen today is yet another announcement of a plan for a plan for a plan. Labor has once again provided no details of how much their so-called ‘plan’ will cost, or how it will be…

Green Army to help natural disaster recovery efforts

The Australian Government’s Green Army is set to roll out in communities affected by natural disaster and severe storm damage – carrying out work that will see real improvements to the local environment. I am pleased to announce that 44 projects under the Natural Disaster Recovery Round have been approved to commence over the next…

Doorstop Melbourne

E&OE…. Topics: Emissions Reduction Fund, Renewable Energy Target, ozone and synthetic greenhouse gas reductions, Carmichael mine JOURNALIST: You mentioned that there was a downgrade of the BAU… GREG HUNT: …there will be a revised adjustment put out before Paris. JOURNALIST: Could you give us any indication of what… GREG HUNT: Hasn't been finished yet. JOURNALIST:…

ABC Lateline interview with Emma Alberici

E&OE…. Topics: Renewable energy, renewable storage technologies, Emissions Reduction Fund, Carbon Tax, Australia’s 2030 target EMMA ALBERICI: Greg Hunt, good evening. GREG HUNT: Pleasure. EMMA ALBERICI: Tell me, do you envisage a time when a significant number of Australians will become independent of the electricity grid? GREG HUNT: I do, I think it's inevitable. Already…

Australian Government investing to make solar cheaper and more efficient

The Australian Government is providing $449,000 to an innovative Australian solar company which is developing a new, highly efficient, and potentially cheaper solar cell. The funding will help NSW company Dyesol create a roadmap to take its perovskite solar cell technology from the lab to a commercially available product. Perovskite solar technology is low cost,…