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.

Updating the Authority's advice on meeting Australia's Paris Agreement commitments

Since the Authority last provided its advice to Government on the policy toolkit required to meet the Paris Agreement, a number of developments have occurred in Australia and around the world in terms of climate change science, economics and policy.

The updated advice will seek to provide recommendations that ensure Australia is well-placed to meet its 2030 emissions target and that are consistent with meeting subsequent targets with enhanced ambition that put Australia on a path to net zero emissions, consistent with the Paris Agreement framework.

On 11 July 2019, the Climate Change Authority released a consultation paper and since then has consulted widely to help inform this advice. We thank those who have taken the time to provide a submission or speak with us. The Authority is currently considering the submissions received with a view to releasing its updated advice in early 2020.

Stocktake of industry action on climate change mitigation in Australia

On 11 July 2019, the Climate Change Authority released a stocktake of drivers for, and actions by, industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Australia, including new and emerging low emissions technologies. This stocktake will help to inform the Authority’s forthcoming update of advice.

The report completes the series of three stocktakes the Climate Change Authority has released in 2019, which also cover Australian and international climate change policies.

The Authority welcomes input on the accuracy and reliability of the information contained in the stocktakes and any relevant additional information.

Stocktakes of Australian and global climate change policies

On 8 March 2019, the Climate Change Authority released its stocktakes of Australian and international climate change policies.

Along with other research and analysis, they will assist the Authority to update its advice to the Australian Government on policies to meet Australia's emissions reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement.

The Authority welcomes input on the accuracy and reliability of the information contained in the stocktakes and any relevant additional information.

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 - final report

On 21 December 2018, the Climate Change Authority released its review of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting legislation. The Authority found the legislation is working well, meeting its objectives and enjoys broad support from industry, governments and others.

A summary fact sheet that outlines the Authority's findings and recommendations to reduce costs and enhance adminsitration of the legislation can be found here.

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.

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