The Australian sugar and bio-energy industries are in for a shake up with the approval yesterday of a processing plant in North Queensland that will produce sugar, ethanol and power and will also be capable of processing timber and crop wastes.
* CEO survey shows green factors rarely drive technology investments * Timed tariffs would slash electric car cost-burden by billions * Bioenergy battles image problem, as CSIRO says wind concerns overblown * NSW minister 'angry' over risk-free Orica incident
* $350m 'carbon price' write-down for TRUenergy power plant * No place for alternative fuel mandates, new Federal strategy says * Coal mine penalised $117,000 * Victoria makes EPBC referral justifying 'strategic' alpine grazing * Focus $10bn clean energy body on RD&D, not deployment, says ESAA
The Gillard Government today revealed the emission limits it might impose through mandatory vehicle CO2 standards applying from 2015, in a discussion paper that asks whether car-makers should be allowed to 'bank' credits if they reach targets ahead of time.
* Greens and independents urge new renewables fix * Sydney's waste an ideal aviation fuel resource: Qantas chief * Burke proposes to reject $950 million Great Barrier Reef development * Combet selects 13 projects for climate change adaptation funding
* Canberra to impose anti-dumping duties on U.S. biodiesel * Qantas, Woolworths distance themselves from carbon letter to PM * Burke urged to assess five WA projects on greenhouse gas grounds * 'Technical' EPBC Act breaches lead to penalty for coal seam gas company
In a development with important lessons on managing relationships with regulators, the Queensland Government won't allow Cougar Energy to restart its underground coal gasification trial, after receiving an independent scientific report that unfavourably contrasts the company's risk management approaches with those of another UCG business.
Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten today released draft legislation that overhauls the tax treatment of alternative fuels and delivers on a commitment made to key Independent Tony Windsor to delay an end to special arrangements for ethanol.