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.

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.

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.

Towards the next generation: delivering affordable, secure and lower emissions power

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

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