Climate Change Authority

Climate Change Authority

The Authority, established on 1 July 2012, provides independent advice on the operation of Australia’s carbon price, emissions reduction targets, caps and trajectories, and other Australian Government climate change initiatives. The Authority is established under the Climate Change Authority Act 2011.

Using international units to help meet Australia's emissions reduction targets

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.

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Light vehicle emission standards for Australia

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.

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International climate action: priorities for the next agreement

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.

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Carbon Farming Initiative research paper released

The Climate Change Authority released a research paper titled Coverage, Additionality and Baselines, lessons from the Carbon Farming Initiative and other schemes on 3 April 2014. The paper investigates the experiences of Australian and international baseline and credit schemes, and highlights key lessons for the development of the government’s Emissions Reduction Fund.

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Report of the Targets and Progress Review

The Climate Change Authority released the final report of its Targets and Progress Review on 27 February 2014. The Review addresses Australia's greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals and its progress towards meeting them.

A webinar presenting key findings of the final report was held on Wednesday 5 March.

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