Global Energy Demand Conflicts: Public Participation and Sustainable Development- the Elephant in the Room?

Part 1: Effective Public Participation & Conflict Management (Posted 23 March 2018)

KEY WORDS: Global energy; climate change; Adani; coal; CSG; Australia; environmental impacts; community consultation; public participation; goals; ADR; negotiation; power; information conflicts

1.0   Controversy over CSG and coal mining, arising from Australia’s key role to meet global energy demand, has led to non-violent, peaceful protests, litigation and conflict over development and the environment.

2.0  Around one-third of Australia is covered by coal and gas licences and applications.

3.0   Australia was the world’s largest exporter of coal in 2016. Australia will become the world's largest CSG producer in 2018.

4.0  Managing and resolving the complex information conflicts and divergent scientific opinion, a feature of all public interest environmental conflicts, requires a process that facilitates effective collaborative involvement between all competing interests and Government, trust in process and a sense of ownership in outcomes.

5.0  Two public participatory processes are evaluated for their effectiveness for managing and resolving information conflicts. The level of power the community would have in collaborative problem-solving and conflict resolution is significantly different between these processes.



Global Energy Demand Conflicts: Public Participation and Sustainable Development- the Elephant in the Room?

Part 2: Sustainable Development & the Paris Accord Rule Book (Posted 01 June 2018)

KEY WORDS: Paris Agreement; Paris Rule Book; Bonn Climate Conference 2018; coal; energy; sustainable development; Rio Declaration 1992; 2030 UN Agenda; SDG13 climate action; carbon emissions; equity; multi-objective analysis; global objectives; national objectives

1.0   Climate change and energy are not competing priorities.

2.0   Energy is an intrinsic component for a sustainable future.

3.0  Achieving sustainable development raises two significant challenges for the entire coal value chain. Not only for the adoption of clean coal technology to reduce emissions - but also for future coal production.

4.0   Resolving these challenges requires sustainable solutions.

5.0   Two models are critiqued for achieving this goal: SDG13-Climate Action [of the UN’s 2030 Agenda] and Multi-Objective Analysis [from environmental science and planning].

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