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Richie Merzian

Discussion paper

COP29 in Australia: how hosting an international climate conference could revive Australia’s regional and global reputation

Australia has a chequered history in global climate negotiations. This paper argues that hosting COP29 would provide numerous economic, regional and diplomatic benefits to Australia. It may also demonstrate that the Australian government has turned a leaf on its diplomatic engagement.
Briefing paper

What is Australia bringing to COP26?

This briefing argues that the Australian government will face growing pressure at the COP26 conference to not just increase its 2030 target, but act in good faith on other key negotiating priorities like markets, finance and adaptation.
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Questionable integrity: non-additionality in the Emissions Reduction Fund’s Avoided Deforestation Method

The Avoided Deforestation Method is responsible for more than 20 per cent of total Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) that have been issued under the Australian government’s Emissions Reduction Fund. This paper demonstrates that the avoided deforestation method fails to meet at least three of...
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Banking on Australia’s emissions

This paper provides a credible basis from which to judge Australia’s progress on emissions reduction, and compares Australia’s emissions trend against that of similarly developed countries. The results demonstrate that, while most other developed economies have reduced their emissions since 2005, Australia’s emissions have risen.
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.