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.

Forward work program

The Climate Change Authority provides independent, expert advice on climate change policy.

The Authority has developed a forward work program to assist in providing and updating its advice.

As next steps, we will examine the:

  • actions being taken by industry to position themselves for a carbon constrained future
  • strategies other countries are using to achieve their emissions reduction goals
  • policies and programs that are currently in place at the Commonwealth and state and territory government levels to reduce emissions.

This work will also consider how technologies to reduce emissions are evolving overtime.

The Authority values consultation highly and we look forward to working with others on this important work.

Review of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting legislation

The Climate Change Authority is reviewing the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting legislation. We have consulted widely to inform our understanding of which aspects of the legislation are working well and whether there are opportunities for improvement. We have put together an overview of the information gathered through discussions and submissions on our consultation paper. We encourage you to have a look at it and the submissions and get in contact if you have additional evidence you wish to provide or other issues you wish to raise.

Review of the National Wind Farm Commissioner

On 31 May 2018, the Climate Change Authority released the Review of the National Wind Farm Commissioner. The National Wind Farm Commissioner was appointed by the Australian Government in late 2015 in response to community concerns about wind farms. At that time, the Government said it would review the role in 2018. The Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, asked the Authority to conduct this review in response to that undertaking.

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 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.

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