Focus issue 146 September 2007
Energy: contributors discuss Australia’s energy options; we look at PMSEIC and its work, the Endeavour Scholarships and R&D priorities; and we highlight ATSE, its Fellows and its Symposia
Emissions trading: Saviour Or Destroyer?
By Paul Dougas and Ben Kearney
Australia is almost certain to get a greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme in the next five years. Trading is now embraced by both political parties at the federal level and by all the states, as a key policy to address greenhouse gas emissions.
Clean Coal Technologies And Carbon Constraints
By David Brockway
Coal is Australia’s largest commodity export, providing an income of about $24 billion in 2005-06 – about half of which is from steaming coal used for power generation. Coal is also a cost-effective primary fuel for more than 80 per cent of Australia’s power supply. It is the principal fuel for power generation worldwide.
Oil: A Bumpy Ride Ahead?
By Beverley Ronalds
With its high energy density and ease of handling and use, oil has been the most important and valuable energy source for the past 40 years. Oil supplies 35 per cent of the world’s energy needs and about 95 per cent of transport fuel.2 The oil sector is accustomed to managing uncertainty, but the next five to 10 years may test those skills in new ways.
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