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Special Review

The Minister for the Environment has asked the Climate Change Authority to conduct a Special Review. The Authority will assess whether or not Australia should have an emissions trading scheme, what post-2020 targets it should set, and what actions Australia should take to implement outcomes flowing from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in Paris in 2015. Among other things, the Authority is to take into account the policies of other key countries, and international competitiveness issues for Australian businesses.

The Minister for the Environment has requested a Special Review under Part 3 of the Climate Change Authority Act 2011. The terms of reference for the Review include whether Australia should have an emission trading scheme and any conditions for introducing such a scheme. It requires the Authority to consider whether the climate policies of other countries, including the USA, China, Japan, Republic of Korea and the European Union, are equivalent to an emissions trading scheme. The Authority must also consider what Australia’s contribution should be to an effective and equitable global response to climate change.

The Authority has been asked to publish three reports:

  1. a draft report on future emissions reduction goals, by 30 June 2015
  2. a draft report on emissions trading schemes by 30 November 2015
  3. a final report by 30 June 2016, recommending the action Australia should take to implement its obligations under the UNFCCC global climate agreement—expected to be finalised in Paris, December 2015.

How can I be involved in the Authority’s Review?

The Authority will conduct research relevant to the terms of reference, draw on its previous work and consult widely. The Authority will release further information on how it will proceed with the Special Review in early 2015. Stakeholders will be invited to provide thoughts to the Authority in a number of ways, including through submissions and meetings.