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Centre for Climate & Energy Policy
Crawford School of Public Policy
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Centre for Climate and Energy Policy update: low-carbon stimulus spending 

The world has changed over the last few months, and we are beginning to reflect the pandemic and the responses to it in our research. This week we will hold a webinar on Low-carbon compatible economic recovery spending (Wednesday 17 June, 12-1pm Canberra time), based on our recent working paper that sets out such criteria and draws some conclusions about infrastructure investment options in Australia. We’ve also published some initial analysis on how China’s stimulus spending is shaping up (not so green it appears). We’ll have more to say on these topics, including how economic stimulus programs relate to long-term low-emissions strategies.

Our working paper series features new research on electricity markets, the greening of South-South trade, the efficacy of carbon pricing, and the effect of carbon pricing on the energy mix.

We welcome to the Centre two new academic colleagues who have taken up positions as research fellows under the Energy Transition Hub program. Dr Mousami Prasad works on energy economics issues including the electricity market, and opportunities for renewables based product trade including green steel, in a joint appointment with the ANU Zero-Carbon Energy for Asia-Pacific program. Dr Jorrit Gosens joins us from Aalborg University, he is originally from the Netherlands and did his PhD in China. He works on China’s energy sector (and runs the site China Energy Portal), innovation systems and geography of industrial renewal. Mousami and Jorrit arrived in Canberra just before the Coronavirus lockdown, so this has been a rather unusual experience for them. Please make them welcome!

Dr Paul Wyrwoll is moving on to become research fellow with the new ANU Institute for Water Futures. Congratulations and all the best with an exciting program.

We also warmly welcome new Visiting Fellows: Richard Andrews, on leave from DFAT where he was most recently Australia’s Ambassador to Ireland, and Dr Gabrielle Kuiper who works with the Energy Security Board, on secondment from AEMO. You’ll hear more about their work with the Centre soon. 




Upcoming event

Fiscal stimulus for low-carbon compatible COVID-19 recovery: criteria for infrastructure investment in Australia

Date & time 
Wednesday 17 June 2020 
12.00PM- 1.00PM 

Register here 

Latest working papers

Thomas Longden, with co-authors Frank Jotzo and Zeba Anjum write ‘Putting stimulus spending to the test: 4 ways a smart government can create jobs and cut emissions’, The Conversation, 12 June 2020.

Jotzo, F, Longden, T, Anjum, Z, June 2020, Fiscal stimulus for low-carbon compatible COVID-19 recovery: criteria for infrastructure investment CCEP Working Paper 2005.

Best, R, Burke, PJ, Jotzo, F, May 2020, Carbon pricing efficacy: Cross-country evidence CCEP Working Paper 2004.

Gosens, J, May 2020, The greening of South-South trade: levels, growth, and specialization of trade in clean energy technologies between countries in the global South CCEP Working Paper 2003.

Gordon, L., Stern, D., Shanker, A., Hogan, M., March 2020, Designing electricity markets for high penetration of zero or low marginal cost intermittent energy sources CCEP Working Paper 2002.

Best, R, Burke, PJ, February 2020, Energy mix persistence and the effect of carbon pricing CCEP Working Paper 2001.

Recent opinion pieces by CCEP associates

Frank Jotzo writes “The curious case of Taylor’s technology road map”, Australian Financial Review. (Plain text version)

Frank Jotzo and Mousami Prasad write ‘Yes, carbon emissions fell during COVID-19. But it’s the shift away from coal that really matters’, The Conversation, 15 May 2020.

Jorrit Gosens quoted by Justin Worland in ‘As the Rest of the World Plans a Green Recovery, America Is Once Again Falling Behind’, TIME magazine, 8 may 2020.

Jorrit Gosens and Frank Jotzo write ‘How green is China’s post-COVID-19 ‘new infrastructure’ stimulus spending?’, East Asia Forum, 5 May 2020.

>> more media pieces and mentions
Frank Jotzo
Director, Centre for Climate & Energy Policy 
ANU Crawford School of Public Policy

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