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 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 post-2020 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 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.
The Climate Change Authority released its statutory review of the Carbon Farming Initiative on 22 December 2014. The review evaluates the performance of the CFI to date; considers the extent to which the design of Emissions Reduction Fund (which replaces the CFI) improves on the CFI; and discusses the contribution the ERF could make to Australia’s emissions reduction goals for 2020 and beyond.
This research paper, published in July 2014, provides more information about the benefits and risks of using international units, the types of units that would be suitable for Australia to use, the availability and costs of those units, and arrangements for actually purchasing those units.
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.