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 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 Authority has released a consultation document on the modelling and welcomes public feedback on the proposed approach.
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.
The Climate Change Authority released its statutory review of the Renewable Energy Target on 22 December 2014. The Review concludes changes to the policy environment in recent years have not weakened the case for the RET. The current 2020 Large-scale Renewable Energy Target should not be reduced, but should be re-phased slightly to increase the chances that it can be met.
This new research report proposes mandatory emissions standards for light vehicles in Australia, commencing in 2018. The new standards could almost double the efficiency of the new vehicle fleet by 2025, save motorists thousands of dollars and significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions.
This research paper, released on 23 June 2014, identifies key priorities for international co-operation on climate change that will encourage greater national emissions reductions.