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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.

First report of the Special Review: Australia's future emissions reduction targets

The Climate Change Authority released its Final Report on Australia’s Future Emissions Reduction Targets on 2 July 2015. The report completes the first of three phases of the Special Review of Australia’s climate action requested by the Minister for the Environment.

Special Review

The Minister for the Environment has asked the Climate Change Authority to conduct a Special Review, into Australia’s policies and future targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the context of its international commitments and the action of other countries. The terms of reference are available here.

Comparing emissions reduction policies for the electricity sector

The Climate Change Authority is analysing the electricity sector as part of its Special Review. This analysis will include modelling of a range of illustrative policies for reducing electricity sector emissions. The Authority will evaluate the policies by comparing their performance across a range of quantitative and qualitative indicators of effectiveness, efficiency and equity.

First draft report of the Special Review: Australia’s future emissions reduction targets

The first draft report of the Special Review recommends future emissions reduction targets for Australia. The draft report is intended as an input into the Government’s deliberations on Australia’s targets; the Government has indicated it will announce Australia’s targets by mid-2015.

Comparing countries’ emissions targets: A practical guide

This guide explains how to compare country targets, and the pros and cons of different approaches. In making its recommendations on Australia’s emissions reduction targets, the Authority will consider how Australia compares to other countries.

Renewable Energy Target

Material relating to the 2014 Renewable Energy Target Review is available here. Material relating to the 2012 review of the Renewable Energy Target is available here.

Carbon Farming Initiative Review

The Climate Change Authority released its statutory review of the Carbon Farming Initiative on 22 December 2014. The review evaluates the performance of the CFI to date; considers the extent to which the design of Emissions Reduction Fund (which replaces the CFI) improves on the CFI; and discusses the contribution the ERF could make to Australia’s emissions reduction goals for 2020 and beyond.

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.