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.
The Authority retains an obligation to review the Renewable Energy Target by the end of 2014. Material relating to the 2014 Review is available here. Material relating to the 2012 review of the Renewable Energy Target is available here.
The Climate Change Authority is conducting its statutory review of the Carbon Farming Initative, which must be completed by 31 December 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.