DEA - Doctors for the environment
  • Tasmanian Energy Security Taskforce Submission

    On reviewing the Interim report one is encouraged by the availability of natural energy resources in Tasmania. Unlike most other states Tasmania has three quarters of stationary energy available through hydro and it has unlimited wind, solar and other modalities which with storage would make the state self-sufficient in clean energy and attain zero emissions from its energy sector.......

  • Clean Air for NSW Consultation Paper Submission

    We agree with the proposition that although NSW has relatively clean air by global standards, there is still a burden of disease attributable to air pollution and considerable health benefits available by improving air quality. While improving the air in Sydney gives the greatest reduction in population exposure, there are strong equity principals for protecting the air quality of people in smaller communities, especially those communities which provide the electricity used by the entire state.........

  • Review of the Load-based Licensing Scheme (NSW) submission

    ...Coal-fired power stations (CFPS) are substantial sources of air pollutants. The three main pollutants are sulphur dioxide, SO2, a mix of nitrogen oxides referred to as NOx, and particulate matter in the PM10 or PM2.5 size range. SO2 and NOx are both powerful respiratory irritants, causing asthma, chronic lung disease, and restricted lung growth in children. Fine particle pollution causes similar respiratory problems but is also associated with ischaemic heart disease, lung cancer, and increases in mortality. CFPS also release small quantities of highly toxic mercury......

    Download Submission (336KB) | December 2016
  • Retirement of coal-fired power stations submission

    An urgent need to address carbon emissions and a move towards renewable energy are creating structural changes in energy supplies that are having, and will have, profound impacts on workers and communities in the energy sector. With knowledge and planning, those impacts can be attenuated, but without such planning, community and social effects can be long lasting....... 

  • Loy Yang B Works Approval Submission

    Victoria’s coal fired power stations are responsible for almost 50% of the state’s climate pollution. It is impossible to make a difference to Victoria’s carbon pollution without addressing the operation of these power stations. Any energy derived from brown coal is ‘part of the problem’, as its GEI is above that achievable from other sources of electricity generation..........

  • Rocky Hill Coal Project Submission

    To avoid a rise of greater than 2°C, 80% of known coal reserves must stay in the ground . The burning of 21 million tonnes (Mt) as projected by mining at Rocky Hill, might be a small contribution in the overall scheme of things, but the cumulative impact of ongoing coal mining here and elsewhere, inevitably will worsen health for people world-wide..........

  • Paris Agreement submission to the Treaties Committee

    DEA is concerned with the projected devastating effects of climate change on human health (and by extension, all forms of life in the biosphere). We note that the Paris Agreement does not deal with health adequately. The Treaty does acknowledge, rather inconspicuously.......

  • Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline Environmental Impact Statement NT submission

    The Terms of Reference of this Inquiry do not address the issues raised by DEA in our submission around the link between the pipeline project and the onshore gas development required to make the project viable. Nonetheless we have responded to this EIS. We are particularly concerned about the impacts of the project in exacerbating climate change by enabling on-going investment in fossil fuel extraction.........

  • NT Fracking Inquiry 2016

    We acknowledge the Northern Territory Government for its implementation of a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), and the establishment of this inquiry and public consultation. The people of the NT deserve this opportunity to speak directly to decision-makers, and to contribute to this critical part of NT’s economic and energy development. The current economic approach focuses on short term benefits without adequate attention to longer term costs and risks.  In the view of DEA, further development of the unconventional gas industry would have serious health, social and environmental ramifications.........

  • VIC Government Coal Policy submission

    As part of the Victorian Government’s plans to move away from coal-fired power stations, the government established an independent review of coal policy. This review, together with the review of the Climate Change Act, the Renewable Energy Roadmap, and the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry, will feed into a new coal policy which will take into account environmental, social and economic factors. Since about one-third of all Victoria’s emissions are from coal, and since the Victorian government had already committed to net zero emissions by 2050, DEA believes ambitious reduction in coal use is required. 

    Download Submission (346KB) | September 2016
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