Richie Merzian

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Briefing paper

Problems with UNGI

The Underwriting New Generation Investments (UNGI) program has no legislative basis, no guidelines or criteria, and is following no clear process. Despite this the government has already shortlisted projects, made agreements and engaged in detailed negotiations.

Climate of the nation 2019

The annual Climate of the nation benchmark report has tracked Australian attitudes on climate change for over a decade. This report shows concern about climate change impacts has returned to record highs, large numbers of Australians are experiencing the impacts of climate change right now...
Briefing paper

Taking way too much credit

This paper suggests that the Coalition government’s reliance on dated carbon credits to extinguish over half of its Paris Agreement target might not be authorised, forcing it to purchase last-minute international permits or drastically reduce emissions to cover huge gap.
Discussion paper

A model line-up: comparing economic models of high ambition emission reduction targets

This paper analyses 22 recent modelling reports of the economic impacts of higher ambition targets. Extensive literature shows Australia can achieve higher ambition targets with very small economic impacts. Claims that higher ambition would be ‘economy wrecking’ or ‘apocalyptic’ are not credible.
Briefing paper

Cold shower on economics of global warming

Unless national action is taken to meet the Paris Target to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees, Australia’s GDP faces a hit of an average of $130 billion per year according to this briefing note by The Australia Institute.