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Special Review

The Minister for the Environment requested a Special Review under Part 3 of the Climate Change Authority Act 2011.


The Special Review had three phases:

  1. Post-2020 targets: the Authority released a draft report on Australia’s emissions reduction targets for public consultation in April 2015, and its final report on targets on 2 July 2015.
  2. Consultation paper: the Authority released a draft report on Australia's climate policy options on 30 November 2015.
  3. Australia’s action: the Authority released its final report on the action Australia should take to implement outcomes flowing from the Paris climate conference.

Submissions to the Special Review

Many stakeholders contributed to the Special Review, including through submissions to Report Two on Australia’s policy options on modelling of electricity sector policies and the draft report on targets.

Publications in the Special Review

Towards a climate policy toolkit: Special Review of Australia’s climate goals and policies

Report Three of the Special Review recommends policies Australia should implement to deliver on its international climate change commitments. The Authority recommends a ‘toolkit’ of policies because it found there is no single climate policy that can reduce emissions cost effectively across all sectors of the economy. The Authority’s recommended toolkit builds carefully on existing policies and incorporates some new ones.

Consultation paper: draft report on Australia's climate policy options

The Authority’s draft report considers the full range of policy options, including the various types of emissions trading, and how the Authority proposes to evaluate them. Submissions to this report will inform the Authority as it considers the toolbox of policies Australia should use to meet its emissions reduction targets.

Policy options for Australia’s electricity supply sector—Special Review research report

As part of the Special Review, the Authority evaluated several emissions reduction policies for Australia’s electricity supply sector. This research report explains the Authority’s analysis.

Comparing emissions reduction policies for the electricity sector

The Climate Change Authority released this consultation paper on the analysis it was commissioning on illustrative policies for the electricity supply sector.

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

The Climate Change Authority recommends an emissions reduction target of 30 per cent below 2000 levels by 2025. The report, release in July 2015, completed the first phase of the Special Review of Australia’s climate action requested by the Minister for the Environment.

Draft report on Australia’s future emissions reduction targets

The first draft report of the Special Review recommended future emissions reduction targets for Australia. The draft report was intended as an input into the Government’s deliberations on Australia’s targets; the Government announced Australia’s targets August 2015.

Comparing countries’ emissions targets: A practical guide

As a key consideration in the Authority’s first draft report for the Special Review, the Authority considered how Australian targets compare to other countries’. The guide explains the criteria that the Authority used for these comparisons and includes examples.