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.
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.
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
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.
I would like to respond to some of the claims that have been made recently in the media about the Authority’s work on the Special Review. Firstly, the suggestion that the Authority secretariat staff are inexpert or incompetent is manifestly false. The staff have a truly impressive depth of knowledge on all aspects of climate policy and have worked tirelessly, with a high degree of professionalism, to produce a high quality report under difficult circumstances. The Authority acknowledged this great effort by the secretariat staff in our report: Towards a Climate Policy Toolkit.
I also reject strongly any suggestion that the Authority has been politically influenced or motivated by political considerations in its work on the special review. In preparing Towards a Climate Policy Toolkit , the Authority exercised its independence in recommending a set of policies that we believe can chart a sustainable, durable and scalable course for Australia’s climate change response in the years and decades ahead. To suggest otherwise is both offensive and untrue.
With the move to Canberra, the Authority looks forward to taking its place amongst a number of other independent agencies including the Productivity Commission and the Clean Energy Regulator.
Wendy Craik AM