Climate Change Authority
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.
I would like to respond to some of the claims that have been made recently in the media about the Authority’s work on the Special Review. Firstly, the suggestion that the Authority secretariat staff are inexpert or incompetent is manifestly false. The staff have a truly impressive depth of knowledge on all aspects of climate policy and have worked tirelessly, with a high degree of professionalism, to produce a high quality report under difficult circumstances. The Authority acknowledged this great effort by the secretariat staff in our report: Towards a Climate Policy Toolkit.
I also reject strongly any suggestion that the Authority has been politically influenced or motivated by political considerations in its work on the special review. In preparing Towards a Climate Policy Toolkit , the Authority exercised its independence in recommending a set of policies that we believe can chart a sustainable, durable and scalable course for Australia’s climate change response in the years and decades ahead. To suggest otherwise is both offensive and untrue.
With the move to Canberra, the Authority looks forward to taking its place amongst a number of other independent agencies including the Productivity Commission and the Clean Energy Regulator.
Wendy Craik AM
The Climate Change Authority is aware that a report released on 5 September 2016 incorrectly purports to be a minority report to the Authority’s third and final report of its special review, Towards a Climate Policy Toolkit. The report released this morning was not released or endorsed by the Authority, and has no status as an Authority report.
Wendy Craik AM
The Authority has completed its Special Review of Australia’s climate goals and policies, requested by the Minister for the Environment. Report Three of the review, Towards a climate policy toolkit, recommends a toolkit of policies Australia should adopt to implement the outcomes from the Paris climate change agreement.
As part of the Special Review, the Authority evaluated several emissions reduction policies for Australia’s electricity supply sector. Policy options for Australia’s electricity supply sector provides a detailed explanation of the Authority’s electricity sector analysis.