Climate change mitigation
Synthesis report of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6): summary for policymakers
This Synthesis report of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) summarises the state of knowledge of climate change, its widespread impacts and risks, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Australia's clean industry future: making things here in a net zero world
This report urges the Australian government to deliver strong policy and incentives to drive the transformation of Australian industry. The report says that helping Australian industry cut emissions and get off fossil fuels can grow profits, create new, cleaner industries, protect workers, and create thousands...
Greenhouse gas removal in Australia: a report on the novel negative emissions approaches for Australia roundtable
The Australian Academy of Science convened a roundtable of experts in 2022 to discuss the scientific capability, research and collaboration needed to support new breakthroughs in greenhouse gas removal. This report provides a high-level summary of the roundtable discussions and presentations, and provides some guidance on...
Options for assessing and comparing climate change mitigation policies across countries
Tobias Kruse, Yannick Hemmerlé
This working paper reviews different methods for assessing and comparing across countries the impact of climate change mitigation policies and policy packages on emissions.
Four ways to improve climate change policy and why
Looking at the nature of the climate change challenge, the economics of adaptation and emission reduction and New Zealand’s policy responses, this paper outlines economic perspectives to help guide a more efficient policy response.
Delay or decarbonise? Australia’s climate policy trade-off
Australia’s current climate policy suite currently appears poised to continue recent trends and risks Australia’s ability to credibly meet its climate targets. If the Australian government wants to credibly reduce Australia’s emissions by 43 per cent by 2030, the authors of this paper argue that...
Pathways to industrial decarbonisation
Kylie Turner, Anna Malos
Compiled in collaboration with companies representing around a fifth of Australia’s industrial emissions and a third of the ASX100 market value, this report urges strong, effective and coordinated action from industry, finance and across all levels of government to align the regulatory and policy mechanisms...
Achieving prosperity in a net-zero future
This paper provides costed, genuinely implementable policies for parliamentarians to embed in their party platforms. It outlines the need for action and the opportunity available, and also offers a policy blueprint that will set Australia on the path to economic growth in a net-zero world.
How to build a Net Zero society
Kristina Londakova, Izzy Brennan, Andrew Schein, Jake Reynolds, Ed Whincup, Edwin Chan, Marcos Pelenur, David Halpern
Tackling climate change is not only a moral and legal obligation in the UK, but is also the growth opportunity of the 21st century, and is backed by huge public support. This report builds on several years’ research and dozens of case studies across the...
Safeguarding fossil fuels
This study demonstrates how the proposed design of the Australian government’s Safeguard Mechanism (SGM) includes loopholes that will enable and effectively subsidise highly polluting new fossil fuel projects, placing Australia’s emission reduction targets at risk, while transferring billions of dollars of additional costs to other...
Integrity and the Climate Change Authority
Australia’s Climate Change Authority (CCA) is again playing an influential role in Australian climate policy, following its long hibernation under the previous federal government. This report argues that the CCA’s focus on carbon offsets is inappropriate, given that offsetting is usually considered to be the...
Government climate action: leading policies and programs in Australia
This report analyses targets, policies and programs announced by Australian federal, state and territory governments, with a focus on policies introduced since the publication of a previous report in 2021 on state and territory climate action.
Climate change: concern, behaviour and the six Australias
The results from this study have been analysed across three different categories: climate change audience segments, civic behaviours and private behaviours. These themes have been further segmented to discuss the implications of age and gender on environmental behaviours.
Regenerative Finance "ReFi": blockchain for climate action
Interview participants in this research project see ReFi as a potentially revolutionary movement, capable of transforming prevailing value systems. The interviewees pointed to several ways blockchain technology could support climate action.
Public investment must be paired with regulation to stop climate change
Climate policy has entered a new era, as public investment increasingly moves to centre stage. While essential for decarbonisation, public investment is not enough—the carrots of investment need to go hand in hand with regulatory sticks. This paper advances our understanding of how to tie...
Lost time and damaged reputations: what Australia must do to go from blocker to leader on loss and damage
The author of this report argues that if the Albanese Government is sincere in its intention to show climate leadership on the world stage, and to be a 'different' Australian government to the Pacific, then it must deliver on a range of climate policies and...
Global AI cooperation on the ground: AI research and development on a global scale
This paper recommends that Forum for Cooperation on Artificial Intelligence (FCAI) governments, stakeholders and other likeminded entities prioritise cooperative research and development efforts on deployment of artificial intelligence as a tool for climate change monitoring and management and accelerating development and adoption of privacy enhancing...
G'day COP27: Australia's global climate reset
Australia will once again be in the spotlight at this year’s United Nations COP27 climate talks in Egypt. It presents the Albanese Government with an opportunity not only to demonstrate that Australia is back at the negotiating table, but that we’re willing and able to...
Climate of the nation 2022
The Australia Institute’s annual 'Climate of the nation' report provides a comprehensive account of changing Australian beliefs and attitudes towards climate change, including its causes, impacts and solutions. For the first time, this year's report includes a chapter on Australians’ views on transport solutions, including...
Climate finance short-changed: the real value of the $100 billion commitment in 2019–2020
Developed countries are failing to meet the $100 billion climate finance goal – the deadline for a promise made 13 years ago. This brief sets out recommendations for action at COP27 and beyond to rectify this issue, restore trust in climate finance, and stop the...
Making the transition happen: investment policy for a net zero emissions economy
This document articulates the public policy priorities that investors seek so they can deploy capital into the opportunities and solutions to climate change. It is based on extensive input from the IGCC’s membership, industry peak bodies and a wider set of stakeholders.
Falling short: Australia’s role in funding fairer climate action in a warming world
This report calls on the Australia government to increase its ambition on climate finance, emphasising progressive climate action as vital if Australia is to fulfil its duty as a wealthy country and major polluter. This includes supporting a Pacific Islands proposal for a standalone finance...
Power up: ten climate gamechangers
Australia is already suffering significant losses from climate change. The authors of this report argue that accelerating the nation's energy transition will increase energy security and affordability, boost productivity, and ensure we get on a trajectory of steep emissions reductions.
EPA climate change policy: draft for consultation
This draft policy document has been prepared to send a signal to regulated industries that the NSW EPA will be working with them to support and drive cost-effective decarbonisation, while implementing adaptation initiatives that build resilience to climate change risks.
Policy options for decarbonising transportation in APEC
Vehicle electrification is the most effective and efficient solution to decarbonise transport and could have quick and measurable impacts on reducing GHG emissions and addressing climate change. This policy brief discusses five practical and proven policy options for vehicle electrification.