In forty years Australia’s energy efficiency record has barely improved. We’re a land of air con, power hungry industry, and fuel guzzling cars. But electricity is no longer cheap, and we have to deal with carbon emissions. Energy savings could deal with both. Yet the message has been swept away by the political storm over a carbon price. Reporter: Di Martin
Energy efficiency: how does your house rate? - Background Briefing - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Want to avoid big power bills in your next home? The federal government wants all homes for sale or rent to have an energy efficiency rating. We already rate new homes, and the system is weeding out some power guzzling designs. But there are major flaws as well. Some super efficient designs don’t rate—and some six star homes are still substandard. So how do you find an energy efficient home? Reporter: Di Martin
Germany and renewable energy - Rear Vision - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
We are told that Germany now leads the world in terms of green technology and the generation of renewable electricity. So how has this come about, what are the benefits and what has been the cost?
Guests Hans Josef Fell, German Green politician
Professor Volkmar Lauber, Professor of Politics at the University of Salzburg
Professor Colin Vance, Researcher at the RWI Research Institute and at Jacobs University and specialises in energy and transportation policy, and global environmental change.
Publications Title: Switching to Renewable Power: A Framework for the 21st Century
Author: Volkmar Lauber, ed
In Thatcher’s Britain - Background Briefing - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
As the long term legacy of Thatcherism is being re-interpreted following the death of the Iron Lady, Background Briefing returns to 1980s Britain. In this program, first broadcast in 1989, Nick Franklin and the late Tony Barrell investigate the rise and rise of Margaret Thatcher. (Originally broadcast 7 May 1989)