carbon emissions

Research report

21 Feb 2018

In Australia, capital cities are increasingly stepping forward to offer leadership on greenhouse gas abatement to a degree not evident at the national level nor in many states and territories. This paper analyses the carbon targets, strategies, outcomes, and policies and measures that are being...

Research report

16 Feb 2018

This reports aims to assist the Sino-Australian bilateral relationship adapt to meet China’s new policies and to facilitate a smoother transition to a low carbon future.


24 Jan 2018

The December 2017 audit shows that Australia’s energy emissions hit another record peak in the year to July 2017, before slight reductions to September.


28 Sep 2017

Australia’s energy emissions continue to increase, breaking all-time records. Petroleum, in particular diesel consumption, is the main driver of emission increases.

Working paper

4 Sep 2017

This working paper explores the necessary provisions of a Contract for Difference (CFD) for a new ‘High Efficiency Low Emissions’ (HELE) coal generator producing steam at ultrasupercritical pressure and temperature.


31 Aug 2017

This issue of the NEEA electricity update focuses on the network costs component of retail prices, with a look back at how and why this has increased over the past ten years.


15 Jun 2017

This is the first release of the Australia Institute's National Energy Emissions Audit, which will be published on a quarterly basis, in September, December, March and June each year.


8 Jun 2017

Frank Jotzo looks at low emissions targets and how they might work in Australia.

Fact sheet

6 Jun 2017

With the final report from the Finkel Review into the future security of the National Electricity Market (NEM) having been released, here are ten basic facts about electricity costs, emissions and security to help guide you through it.


1 Jun 2017

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) and the Climate Change Authority have prepared a joint report 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.


1 Jan 2017

Effective January 1, 2017, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to mandate solar and living roofs on most new construction. With the passage of this legislation, between 15% and 30% of roof space on most new construction projects will incorporate solar, living roofs, or...

Research report

1 Jan 2017

The seriousness of climate change is highlighted by scientific (IPCC, 2014), economic (Stern, 2009) and political (Gore, 2006) evidence. This has led to an increasing concern about carbon emissions which contribute to the climate change problem, and the need to price carbon pollution to minimise...

Briefing paper

4 Nov 2016

In December last year, the world negotiated and adopted the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. For the first time, all countries – rich and poor, large and small – agreed to take universal action to limit global warming to 1.5-2°C, to achieve net zero...

Working paper

19 Oct 2016

The science is clear. When debating emissions, consider your goals.

Biological emissions from agriculture (methane and nitrous oxide) make up almost half New Zealand’s total greenhouse gas emissions, so their importance relative to carbon dioxide is of particular policy interest. Motu Economic and Public...

Research report

31 Aug 2016

The Climate Change Authority is pleased to release the third and final report of its Special Review into the actions or policies that Australia should take to implement outcomes flowing from the historic Paris climate change agreement.

This report is the culmination of nearly...

Audio interview

Audio program

24 Aug 2016

Since the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit, the world has been aiming to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

But amid fears by vulnerable countries that two degrees was not 'safe', the Paris Climate Agreement last year tightened this global goal...

Research report

23 Aug 2016

The Paris Agreement contains a long-term temperature goal (LTTG) of holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C and pursuing efforts to limit this to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels. The 1.5°C limit in the Paris Agreement goes significantly further than the...

Discussion paper

28 Jul 2016

This paper addresses the question: what things can the petroleum industry do in pursuit of its economic interests that will also help to reduce greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere?

The industry has accepted that climate change is real and human-induced, and has even...

Research report

27 Jun 2016

Carbon capture and storage, or CCS, is a process used to capture carbon dioxide gas (CO2) that is produced by power stations or other types of industrial facilities. To keep CO2 out of the atmosphere, it is captured from the power plant or industry, transported,...

Research report

2 Dec 2015

This draft report on Australia’s climate policy options is the second part of the Authority’s Special Review, as requested by the Minister for the Environment. The Authority will look at the full range of policies, including the various types of emissions trading schemes.