Climate Change Authority

Climate Change Authority

The Climate Change Authority provides independent, expert advice on climate change policy. The Authority is established under the Climate Change Authority Act 2011.

Reaping the Rewards: a research report

Reaping the Rewards is a research report that explores ways landholders can improve profitability, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deliver broader environmental benefits at the same time. These objectives are known as ‘multiple benefits’.

Review of the National Wind Farm Commissioner

The Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, has asked the Climate Change Authority to conduct a review of the role of the National Wind Farm Commissioner.

At the time the National Wind Farm Commissioner was established, the Government said it would review the role in 2018. This review responds to that undertaking.

The Authority is asked to consider to what extent the Commissioner is fulfilling its Terms of Reference, the ongoing need for the role, its scope and possible models for funding.

Submissions were invited until 13 April 2018 and have now closed.

Key documents

Terms of Reference for the Review

National Wind Farm Commissioner - Terms of Reference

Review of the Emissions Reduction Fund – final report

On 11 December 2017, the Climate Change Authority released the final report on its review of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). The Authority found that the ERF is performing well, and creating incentives for new domestic emissions reductions at low cost that will contribute to Australia’s targets under the Paris Agreement. 

A summary fact sheet that explains the ERF and the Authority’s findings and recommendations to enhance the ERF can be found here.

The Authority is required to review the Carbon Farming Initiative and the ERF every three years.

Towards the next generation: delivering affordable, secure and lower emissions power

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) and the Climate Change Authority have prepared a joint report, Towards the next generation: delivering affordable, secure and lower emissions power, to provide advice on policies to enhance power system security and to reduce electricity prices, consistent with achieving Australia’s emissions reduction targets in the Paris Agreement

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Action on the land: reducing emissions, conserving natural capital and improving farm profitability – an issues paper

On 9 March 2017, the Climate Change Authority released an issues paper for consultation on its new research project which is looking at ways to better coordinate action to reduce carbon emissions on the land while enhancing our natural environment and helping farmers improve their bottom line. This research initiative builds on a recommendation from the Authority’s Special Review, which called for further work on ways that low-cost emissions reductions can benefit agricultural productivity while furthering objectives such as enhanced biodiversity, soil condition and water quality.

Consultation has now closed and submissions have been received from interested parties.

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