Postponed release of final report of the Special Review into emissions reduction policies
Assuming the Federal election is called for early July 2016, at the request of the Climate Change Authority, the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP has agreed to extend the timeframe for the completion of final report of the Climate Change Authority’s special review until after the Federal election. That report will cover the policies Australia should put in place to meet the outcomes of the Paris climate change agreement.
The extended timeframe for the special review will also allow the Authority to release its paper on policies that could be used to reduce emissions from the electricity generation sector after the election. The outcomes of consultation on the electricity paper will inform the final report of the special review.
The Authority will not offer further comment on these matters at this stage.
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Other website text relating to the final report will be updated in due course.
The Special Review has three phases:
- 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. The Authority recommendations include a target of 30 per cent below 2000 levels by 2025
- Emissions trading: the Authority released a draft report on Australia's climate policy options on 30 November 2015
- Australia’s action: the Authority will recommend what action Australia should take to implement outcomes flowing from the Paris climate conference in its final report.
How can I be involved in the Authority’s Review?
Submissions on the Authority's draft report on Australia's climate policy options closed on 19 February 2016. Submissions are available here.
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Publications in the Special Review
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.
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.
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.
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 announced Australia’s targets August 2015.
As a key consideration in the Authority’s first draft report for the Special Review, the Authority will consider how Australian targets compare to other countries’. The guide explains the criteria that the Authority uses for these comparisons and includes examples.