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The Climate Change Authority Act 2011 requires the Authority to review particular climate change policies and initiatives and report to the Minister responsible for climate change and the Australian Parliament.

Using international units to help meet Australia’s emission reduction targets

In its Targets and Progress Review the Authority recommended the government use international emissions reductions to bridge any gap between domestic efforts and Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions targets.

Light vehicle emissions standards for Australia

In its Targets and Progress Review, the Authority recommended that the government investigate a CO2 emissions standard for light vehicles in Australia. This research report provides an in-depth analysis of light vehicle emissions standards, and demonstrates that mandatory standards are a cost-effective way to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and light vehicle fuel use.

International climate action—priorities for the next agreement

The international community is now negotiating a post-2020 framework for global climate action. Strong international action to reduce emissions is in every country’s interest, including Australia’s.. 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.

Targets and Progress Review

The Climate Change Authority released its Targets and Progress Review on 27 February 2014. The report considered Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals and its progress toward meeting them. The Authority adopted a budget approach and recommended a coordinated set of emissions reduction goals for the short, medium and long term.

Renewable Energy Target

The Climate Change Authority completed its first review of the Renewable Energy Target in December 2012.

Carbon Farming Initiative study

The Climate Change Authority has a statutory obligation to conduct a review of the Carbon Farming Initiative by the end of 2014. As a first step, the Authority is conducting a study of the Carbon Farming Initiative.