Climate Change Authority
The Climate Change Authority provides independent expert advice on Australian Government climate change mitigation initiatives. The Authority is established under the Climate Change Authority Act 2011.
The Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, has asked the Climate Change Authority to conduct a review of the role of the National Wind Farm Commissioner.
At the time the National Wind Farm Commissioner was established, the Government said it would review the role in 2018. This review responds to that undertaking.
The Authority is asked to consider to what extent the Commissioner is fulfilling its Terms of Reference, the ongoing need for the role, its scope and possible models for funding.
The Authority is keen to understand from stakeholders how the Commissioner is performing against his Terms of Reference in particular, in dealing with complaints about proposed and operational wind farms.
Submissions are invited until 13 April 2018.
On 11 December 2017, the Climate Change Authority released the final report on its review of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). The Authority found that the ERF is performing well, and creating incentives for new domestic emissions reductions at low cost that will contribute to Australia’s targets under the Paris Agreement.
A summary fact sheet that explains the ERF and the Authority’s findings and recommendations to enhance the ERF can be found here.
The Authority is required to review the Carbon Farming Initiative and the ERF every three years.
The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) and the Climate Change Authority have prepared a joint report, Towards the next generation: delivering affordable, secure and lower emissions power, to provide advice on policies to enhance power system security and to reduce electricity prices, consistent with achieving Australia’s emissions reduction targets in the Paris Agreement
On 9 March 2017, the Climate Change Authority released an issues paper for consultation on its new research project which is looking at ways to better coordinate action to reduce carbon emissions on the land while enhancing our natural environment and helping farmers improve their bottom line. This research initiative builds on a recommendation from the Authority’s Special Review, which called for further work on ways that low-cost emissions reductions can benefit agricultural productivity while furthering objectives such as enhanced biodiversity, soil condition and water quality.
Consultation has now closed and submissions have been received from interested parties.