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Part A Introduction and context

Part A introduces the Targets and Progress Review. In this Review, the Authority will make recommendations to the Australian Parliament, through the Minister responsible for climate change, about emissions reduction goals for Australia, including a 2020 target and a long term emissions budget. The Authority will also review Australia’s progress toward meeting these goals and identify future emissions reduction opportunities – both within Australia and internationally. In developing its recommendations, and in drawing the conclusions set out in this Draft Report, the Authority considered evidence and expert and stakeholder views about a wide range of matters.

Part A explores the context in which Australian decisions about emissions reductions are made. It presents evidence about the climate science, the impacts of climate change and what is required to meet the collective global goal to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. It then considers global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, how global action measures against the below 2 degrees global goal and what this means for Australian action.

Part A explores:

  • the scope of the Review and the Authority’s approach to it (Chapter 1);
  • evidence arising from climate science and the likely impacts of climate change on Australia and other countries (Chapter 2);
  • the amount of greenhouse gas emissions the world can emit while preserving a likely chance of limiting global warming to below 2 degrees (Chapter 3);
  • global action to date to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build supporting international frameworks and agreements (Chapter 4); and
  • how the global context should be factored into the Authority’s recommendations about Australia’s emissions reduction goals (Chapter 5).