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Journal article

6 May 2018

This article analyses the implementation of emissions trading systems (ETSs) in eight jurisdictions: the EU, Switzerland, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and California in the US, Québec in Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea and pilot schemes in China. The article clarifies what...

Annual Report

2 Apr 2018

Last year brought highs and lows in the global effort to confront climate change. On one hand, we saw an upsurge in international commitment to action, including deals announced at the extraordinary One Planet Summit that marked two years since the signing of the Paris...


12 Dec 2017

This audit assessed the effectiveness of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in administering the Low Emission Technologies for Fossil Fuels (LETFF) program.


10 Nov 2017

This Quick Guide gives a brief history of negotiations under the Climate Change Convention, followed by an overview of the Paris Agreement and Australia’s contribution to the Agreement.


Report no.1 of 2017-18
10 Jul 2017

This audit assessed the effectiveness of the Department of the Environment and Energy’s arrangements for the preparation and reporting of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions estimates and projections.

Research report

20 Mar 2017

Concrete is the second most used material after water and the production of cement is responsible for 5–8% of global carbon dioxide emissions. The development of low-carbon concretes is pursued worldwide to help the construction industry make its contribution to decarbonising the built environment and...

Research report

16 Mar 2017


There exists a strong and growing body of scientific research evidence that supports the belief that to achieve the targets set by the Paris climate change conference, greenhouse gas must be actively removed from the atmosphere and stored. Carbon capture and storage...

Briefing paper

2 Dec 2016


On the 10th of November the Australian Government ratified the Paris Agreement to significant media coverage. At the same time the Government also ratified the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, which states Australia’s intention to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions between...

Research report

12 Sep 2016


The Government established the Carbon Farming Initiative in September 2011 under which entities associated with the agricultural, forestry and legacy waste (landfill) emissions sectors of the economy could register projects and earn credits for every tonne of carbon abated. In November 2014,...

Research report

23 Aug 2016

The more we find out about the effects of climate change, the greater the insights we gather into how we can to become a resilient, innovative, and safe Australia, that is prospering in a zero carbon global economy. Achieving this will not be easy. But...

Briefing paper

1 Aug 2016


Against the global backdrop of political uncertainty stemming from upcoming US election and the Brexit outcome, countries continue to lift the pace of decarbonisation in energy systems and develop long-term plans for a net zero emissions global economy.

This update focuses...


27 Apr 2016

This policy proposes six key elements to achieve a low-pollution economy.

Leading renewable energy economy Cleaner power generation Build jobs & industry Cut pollution Capture carbon on the land Increased energy efficiency

Fact sheet

9 Feb 2016

This fact sheet assesses common statements about bushfires and climate change caused by carbon and other greenhouse gas pollution.


The Factsheet explores the follow common facts and myths:

Bushfire risk is rising Climate change isn’t influencing bushfires Fuel is always...

Research report

9 Sep 2015

This paper presents a record of Australian climate change policies. Key international developments are also included to provide global context.


Climate change is a long-term, global problem. Long-term problems generally require stable but flexible policy implementation over time. However, Australia’s commitment...



21 Jul 2015

The immediate effect of the 2012 carbon price was to increase the costs faced by most electricity generators, by an amount that varied between individual power stations depending on that station’s emissions intensity (the emissions per unit of electricity). These costs were then passed on...



21 Jul 2015

Tony Abbott has argued that “Coal is good for humanity, coal is good for prosperity, coal is an essential part of our economic future, here in Australia, and right around the world.” It seems, however, that a growing majority of Australians disagree with him....

Research report

9 Jun 2015

In the lead-up to the Paris climate talks in November, countries continue to advance their domestic climate and clean energy efforts and developing their post-2020 emission reduction targets.

This June update highlights and summarises:

The initial targets of Australia's international peers Will Australia...

Literature review

1 Jun 2015

Describes current planning and policy interventions in place in Australia to encourage low carbon active transport forms such as walking, cycling and using public transport.

Executive Summary Project RP2015 was a scoping study designed to inform the CRC on the needs for R&D...

Conference paper

14 May 2015

Low carbon Transport on the move Conference Objectives:

- Promote a common understanding between the US and Australia of sustainable transport

- Bring into focus the technologies and policies required to support and enhance a sustainable transport system in each country


Research report

11 May 2015

This report lays out three steps for a smooth transition to a zero-carbon future and provides data, examples and policy advice to help countries makes the shift.


Getting to zero net emissions and stabilizing climate change starts with planning for the...