The Physical Environment Analysis Network increased the value of key environmental datasets by working across government to link them with social and economic data. PEAN enabled faster and more comprehensive responses to current policy issues, such as building community resilience to natural disasters, links between urban environmental quality and health and the effects of changing energy prices on businesses and regional communities. It allowed a better understanding of the interactions between all aspects of the environment, infrastructure and other social and economic policies and trends.
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment led the unit. The network included the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences; Australian Bureau of Statistics; Bureau of Meteorology; CSIRO (including Data61); and Geoscience Australia. Other agencies engaged by PEAN to advise on projects included the Australian Trade and Investment Commission; Bureau of Infrastructure; Transport and Regional Economics; Clean Energy Regulator; Department of Home Affairs; Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources; Department of Infrastructure; Regional Development and Cities; Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.
In 2019-20, the unit undertook the following analytical projects:
- Reducing life lost from heatwaves ($465,000)
- Indigenous environmental programs: socio-economic analysis ($380,000)
- Industrial energy productivity: to what extent is there a gap between frontier and laggard firms? ($150,000)
- Effects of drought on Australian farms ($300,00)
The 2018-19 analytical projects were:
- Water and society: the relationship between water conditions and regional socio-economic and human health outcomes
- Integrated analysis for sustainable regional development in northern Australia
- Integrated analysis for sustainable regional development: northern Australia – How can this be tested to meet and support Indigenous aspirations?
- Delivering credible longitudinal energy and emissions data to support environment and energy policies
- Supporting development of a natural disaster impact forecasting capability
The 2017-18 analytical project was:
- Understanding changes in gas use by large Australian businesses
These projects and their case studies are available on the PEAN Website.