Paris agreement on climate change
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...
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.
Safeguard Mechanism reforms: consultation paper
This paper seeks feedback on proposed changes to the Safeguard Mechanism to deliver emissions reductions consistent with Australia’s Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement, and strengthen Australia’s competitiveness in a decarbonising global economy.
Green tape and environmental activism: an analysis of Labor's climate legislation
The author of this report argues that the Albanese Government's Climate Change Bill 2022 will, if passed, allow the executive government to bypass the parliament to unilaterally increase Australia’s legislated greenhouse gas emissions target.
Climate law and public policy innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals: accelerating pre-CoP27 Paris Agreement compliance
The science is clear. Human activities, particularly rising emissions levels due to fossil fuel combustion and other embedded high carbon intensity economic systems, are causing dangerous consequences. This paper argues that institutes of all kinds must play a critical role in scaling up contributions to...
Regional insights into low-carbon hydrogen scale up
This paper argues that by 2040, low-carbon hydrogen could play a significant role in energy systems and energy transitions across the world. In the context of energy transition, it serves to support countries’ efforts to achieve the Paris Agreement goals, whilst contributing to the diversity...
An Australian Climate Accord: a new way forward for climate crisis governance?
In this policy brief, the authors outline the current federal climate crisis and its international context. They discuss Australia's current ability and strategy for meeting the current targets, demonstrating that current means are inadequate.
Aotearoa New Zealand climate change projections guidance: interpreting the latest IPCC WG1 report findings
This report distils and interprets information relevant to Aotearoa New Zealand from the Working Group 1 (WG1) contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) titled ‘The Physical Science Basis’, published in August 2021.
Changing pathways for Australian gas: a 1.5°C scenario analysis of new Australian gas projects
While this report focuses on the risks to Australian gas projects, there are also opportunities for Australian energy companies in the transition to net-zero emissions. The ability of oil and gas producers to successfully transform their business and tap into these opportunities is another important...
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.
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...
Facts over fiction: debunking gas industry spin
For decades, the Australian liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry has claimed that gas is clean, affordable and compatible with global decarbonisation goals. This report has been prepared to rebut the LNG industry’s claims with reputable data, analysis and insights.
Crunch time: how climate action in the 2020s will define Australia
This report unpacks the key takeaways for Australia from the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, in particular the urgent need for Australia to catch up with the rest of the world.
Climate action teams: international greenhouse gas mitigation
Climate Action Teams (CATs) are an innovative approach under the umbrella of the Paris Agreement allowing such international cooperation while addressing concerns over environmental integrity and ambition levels. This document describes CATs.
Trade and investment trends in a decarbonising world
This report examines the global reorientation in trade and investment that is underway in the transition to net zero emissions, and considers what these trends mean for Australia.
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.
Building a net-zero future: Australian businesses taking science-based climate action
Throughout this report, the authors provide examples of how Australian businesses have developed a business case for adopting and implementing the science-based targets for net zero emissions.
From Paris to Glasgow: a world on the move
In the lead-up to COP26, there has been a rapid and irreversible shift in the global politics surrounding climate change. As the world's leaders head towards crucial negotiations in Glasgow, this report takes stock of the world’s response to the climate crisis and what Australia...
The production gap
This report tracks the discrepancy between governments’ planned fossil fuel production and global production levels consistent with limiting warming to 1.5°C or 2°C. The report represents a collaboration of several research and academic institutions, including input from more than 40 experts.
Corporate action for 1.5 degrees: best practice for Australian company net zero commitments
Net zero commitments from companies demonstrate that climate action is on their agenda and that action is underway at that organisation. But, perhaps more importantly, they also normalise the corporate sector contributing to Australia reaching net zero emissions. This report was informed by an updated...
State and territory climate action: leading policies and programs in Australia
This report is an early outcome of ongoing ClimateWorks analysis of state and territory policies and actions geared toward achieving net zero emissions. This work is benchmarked against extensive ClimateWorks research into possible net zero pathways for Australia that are aligned to the goals of...
Paris plus: from cost to competitive advantage
This paper outlines the Climate Change Authority's strategic framework and priorities for work to ensure Australia can set increasingly ambitious emissions reduction goals that address all sectors of the economy and policies backed by a strong evidence base.
Net zero momentum tracker: energy sector - May 2021
This report argues that Australia’s energy sector must accelerate its pace of decarbonisation if Australia is to reach net-zero emissions, in line with the global climate goals.
Boosting voluntary climate action in Aotearoa New Zealand
This paper proposes an innovative two-track system aimed at scaling up voluntary climate action to help Aotearoa New Zealand meet its Paris Agreement targets – or mitigate beyond the targets.
Building an ambitious and robust U.S. climate target
The opportunity is now at hand for the United States to build a new, comprehensive and ambitious national climate policy strategy for the nation to re-engage with the international community to address climate globally. This paper sets forth a set of recommended features of a...