Emissions trading

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Emissions trading schemes
Emmissions trading
NARROWER TERMS


Report

Independent review of Australian Carbon Credit Units: final report

The purpose of this review was to ensure Australian Carbon Credit Units and the carbon crediting framework and regulatory standards maintain a strong and credible reputation supported by participants, purchasers and the broader community.
Policy report

Why climate policy scenarios are important, how to use them, and what has been learned

In response to climate uncertainty, researchers, businesses and policy-makers are turning to scenario analysis. The authors of this paper argue that greater use of models will help policy-makers understand the range of uncertainties and the sensitivity of policy outcomes, based on different model assumptions.
Report

Advice on NZ ETS unit limits and price control settings for 2023-2027

This is the Climate Change Commission’s first advice to the Minister of Climate Change on updating the New Zealand ETS unit limits and price control settings. It has been developed in line with the intent of the government’s emissions budgets and its emissions reduction plan...
Discussion paper

An environmental fig leaf? Restoring integrity to the Emissions Reduction Fund

Emissions have increased under Australia’s only climate policy, the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). The authors of this paper argue that the ERF requires a comprehensive and independent review to assess its integrity and, most importantly, its role in helping Australia meet its climate targets.
Report

Come clean: how the Emissions Reduction Fund came to include carbon capture and storage

This report argues that the experience of the carbon capture and storage (CCS) method development raises serious questions about the governance of both the Clean Energy Regulator and the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee, in relation to the development and integrity of forthcoming Emissions Reduction Fund...
Report

Pretence of necessity

This report reviews the New Zealand government’s climate change strategy and argues the strategy is based on a misunderstanding of the relationship between the emission trading scheme (ETS) and other policies.
Working paper

Carbon pricing and COVID-19: policy changes, challenges and design options in OECD and G20 countries

This paper assesses the role of carbon pricing in a sustainable recovery from COVID-19. It tracks the policy changes in carbon pricing within OECD and G20 countries between January 2020 and August 2021 of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guide

A guide to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme: 2022 update

This guide provides a user-friendly description of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme's current design features, their rationale, and how they have evolved over time. The guide also includes a series of figures illustrating trends in key data over time.
Discussion paper

Review of international offsets: consultation paper

The Climate Change Authority has commenced public consultation on its review of the assessment principles for international offsets. This consultation paper gives interested parties the opportunity to provide their views on the criteria for accepting offsets for use in Climate Active and Australia’s Indo-Pacific Carbon...
Discussion paper

Managing exotic afforestation incentives

Forests play a vital role in New Zealand’s response to the climate emergency. They are also hugely significant to the economy and to Māori, both culturally and economically. This discussion document seeks feedback on ideas to better manage forests in New Zealand.
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.
Working paper

Future options for industrial free allocation in the NZ ETS

This document examines a range of options for reforming industrial free allocation of tradable emissions units issued by the New Zealand government.
Report

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...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull said 70 per cent of our trade is with nations committed to net-zero emissions. Is that correct?

Arguing that Australia may soon face carbon border taxes from its trade partners, former prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull claimed that more than 70 per cent of the nation's trade was with countries committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. Verdict: their claim...
Guide

Carbon pricing assessment and decision-making: a guide to adopting a carbon price

Many countries and subnational jurisdictions are considering putting a price on carbon to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and achieve their climate commitments. The objective of this guide is to help policy-makers build the case for carbon pricing and choose an appropriate carbon pricing...
Briefing paper

Brexit and UK climate leadership: the emerging opportunities and challenges

This report from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership examines the opportunities and challenges for climate leadership in the context of Brexit. 
Working paper

Challenges and opportunities with native forestry on Māori land

The authors explore the decision-making processes of a sample of Māori landowners in Te Tairāwhiti to understand the extent to which funding programmes and afforestation incentives from the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) enable them to meet their own aspirations for their land. Semi-structured...
Working paper

Decision trees: forestry in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme post-2020

In June 2020, the New Zealand Government passed the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reform) Amendment Act 2020 (ETR Act) to reform the architecture of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS). As a result of the ETR Act, from 1 January 2023, post-1989...
Briefing paper

The carbon pricing mechanism under the Gillard Government

This briefing paper shows that had the Gillard Government’s carbon price remained in place, Australia’s emissions would be 25 million tonnes lower in 2020 and 72 million tonnes lower over the last five years.
Report

Biodiversity native forests report

This report explores the financial gap favouring monoculture exotic forests over biodiverse native forests in New Zealand, and the incentives, policy settings and funding mechanisms required to ‘reset the balance’ by levelling the playing field for native forests.
Working paper

Carbon pricing efficacy: cross-country evidence

In this paper, the authors use a longitudinal dataset for 142 countries to estimate the contribution of carbon pricing to reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. They employ econometric techniques that control for other relevant factors, including other policies such as feed-in tariffs and renewable portfolio...
Report

Counting carbon in global trade

The editors of this publication conclude that the fast-growing share of traded emissions in the global total requires a change to the climate regime, giving greater attention to traded emissions and consumption footprints than has been the case to date.
Report

Report of the expert panel examining additional sources of low cost abatement

The recommendations outlined in this report are intended to help Australia exceed its current international commitments and create a pathway for ongoing emissions reductions beyond 2030 to meet future commitments under the Paris Agreement.
Article

Bushfires won’t change climate policy overnight. But Morrison can shift the Coalition without losing face

There is an obvious point upon which the LNP, Labor and Greens might agree to move policy forward: the national 'cap and trade' emissions trading system proposed by John Howard in 2007.
Report

Using carbon revenues

This report provides practical guidance on using carbon revenues by helping policymakers understand the implications, opportunities, and challenges associated with different approaches to carbon revenue use.