Climate Change Authority
The Climate Change Authority provides independent expert advice on Australian Government climate change mitigation initiatives. The Authority is established under the Climate Change Authority Act 2011.
The Authority released its Final Report on Australia’s future emissions reduction targets on 2 July 2015. The report recommends Australia adopt a target of 30 per cent below 2000 levels by 2025. The report draws on the Authority’s public consultations and new information since the draft report on targets was released on 22 April.
The Climate Change Authority is analysing the electricity sector as part of its Special Review into Australia’s climate action. This analysis will include modelling of a range of illustrative policies for reducing electricity sector emissions.
The first draft report of the Special Review recommends future emissions reduction targets for Australia. The Government is currently considering Australia’s targets, in the lead up to the Paris climate conference in December this year. The Authority is releasing its draft recommendations now to provide time for public consultations before the government makes its decision.
This guide helps Australians understand and compare greenhouse gas emissions targets. Countries around the world will announce their post-2020 targets over the coming year. How Australia compares will be a key consideration in the Authority’s upcoming recommendations on Australia’s emissions reduction targets.
The Minister for the Environment has asked the Climate Change Authority to conduct a Special review. The Authority will assess whether or not Australia should have an emissions trading scheme, what future targets it should set, and what actions Australia should take to implement outcomes flowing from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in Paris in 2015. Among other things, the Authority is to take into account the policies of other key countries, and international competitiveness issues for Australian businesses.
The Climate Change Authority released its review of the Carbon Farming Initiative on 22 December 2014.
The Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) is part of the Commonwealth Government’s response to climate change. It is a national, voluntary scheme that provides incentives for activities that reduce or avoid greenhouse gas emissions.