Phillip Riley Research Series

The Future is Renewable: Targets and Policies by Country

The Phillip Riley research series is an investigation into the renewable energy policies of Australia, the United States and various Asia Pacific nations. The reports look into the countries’ renewable energy potential, climate change targets and the success of their policy to date. Each report focuses on the current and future use of renewable energy and takes into account the political, geographical and economic challenges unique to each nation.

Indonesia Report

Indonesia’s energy sector is making a tremendous transformation to complete energy independence, despite unique challenges of having the world’s fourth largest population spread over thousands of islands. In order to secure its energy supply, Indonesia is aiming to significantly reduce its oil consumption and replace it with local energy resources including coal, gas and renewables. It has set ambitious targets for this transformation and although renewables are not the only focus in these energy targets, the renewable energy sector is likely to experience a period of growth as a result of it.

To read the full Indonesia report as part of our Research Series, please download the PDF below.

South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales Report

South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales all differ in their approaches to increase their renewable energy production. The three states currently have very different energy mixes, with both Victoria and New South Wales having a strong dependency on coal. Through early investment South Australia has positioned itself as a renewable energy leader with a particular focus on wind power. In contrast to this Victoria and New South Wales have only recently begun their shift to a more sustainable energy supply. However, despite their differences, the three states all share the same long-term target: net zero emissions by 2050. It will be interesting to observe how each state’s energy sector evolves into the future. Hopefully with the support of each other, and the federal government, the long-term targets are able to be achieved.

To read the full South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales report as part of our Research Series, please download the PDF below.

Australia, Federal Level Report

The renewable energy industry in Australia has been experiencing rapid growth recently and has been driving change in an energy system that has long been reliant on fossil fuels. However, in a nation where mining and fossil fuel production are some of the biggest and most influential industries, the renewable energy sector is faced with many challenges.

To read the full Australia, Federal Level Report as part of our Research Series, please download the PDF below.

USA, Washington, Hawaii, and Iowa Report

Washington, Hawaii and Iowa are three states that have very different landscapes, natural resources and economies. As a consequence, they all have very different energy and climate change policies and electricity generation portfolios.

 

The unique combination of resources and economic priorities in each state has led to varying outcomes in the renewable energy sector and it will be interesting to observe how the industry changes and grows in these states. For further detail about the renewable energy targets and policies in these three states please download the full report.

 

To read the full Washington, Hawaii, and Iowa report as part of our Research Series, please download the PDF below.

USA, California and Texas Report

California and Texas are both leaders in the renewable energy field, however they differ in their approaches to achieving sustainability. Through legislation, California has clear long-term targets, however Texas currently does not have a state target set. California and Texas use a variety of techniques and incentives in order to reduce emissions. California reduced a significant proportion of their emissions through the Cap-and-Trade program. Texas’ main scheme to reduce emissions is their Renewable Portfolio Standard, which California has now also implemented. Although California and Texas are leaders in the renewable energy field, further developments can be made in order to further reduce their reliance upon natural gas.

To read the full California and Texas report as part of our Research Series, please download the PDF below.

USA, Federal Level Report

With vast natural resources and access to advanced energy technology the United States is in prime position to take a leading role in the renewable energy industry and in climate change mitigation. As a nation, the United States has acknowledged that they may experience many negative effects if world temperatures continue to rise, including higher risk of natural disasters and flooding as well as having to manage the relocation of possibly millions of affected people. In the past few years the United States has taken their role as a global leaders in combatting climate change seriously.

To read the full USA, Federal Level report as part of our Research Series, please download the PDF below.

Japan Report

Located in Eastern Asia, Japan’s large population in proportion to its small land-mass has resulted in the delayed implementation of renewable energy techniques. The current renewable energy target for Japan states that by 2030, renewable energy will account for 22% to 24% of the country’s power mix. When this target was set in June 2014, renewable energy accounted for approximately 15%, and imported fossil fuels accounted for a large majority of Japan’s power generation.

To read the full Japan report as part of our Research Series, please download the PDF below.

Philippines Report

The Philippines is a tropical country made up of thousands of islands in the Pacific ocean. Its location makes it susceptible to natural disasters but it also bestows it with vast natural resources. The nation has acknowledged that it is especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, particularly rising sea levels and increasing disaster risks, and in light of this the Philippines has made commitments to limit increasing temperatures and switch to a cleaner energy supply.

To read the full Philippines report as part of our Research Series, please download the PDF below.

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