Carbon emissions

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Carbon pollution
CO2 emissions


Report

Introducing the dirty dozen: Australia's filthiest fossil fuel polluters

This report finds that between 2016 and 2021, just 12 fossil fuel corporations in Australia emitted carbon pollution equivalent to more than 50% of total Pacific Islands emissions over the same period.
Report

How to build a Net Zero society

Other authors
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...
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.
Report

Green investment: the prudent choice for prosperity

This paper sets out how to increase public spending on climate and nature in the United Kingdom, at speed - to maximise economic opportunities and ensure ongoing public support.
Report

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...
Guide

National adaptation plan and emissions reduction plan: Resource Management Act 1991 guidance note

From 30 November 2022, it becomes a legal requirement for local government to ‘have regard to’ the national adaptation plan and the emissions reduction plan when preparing or changing Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) regional policy statements, regional plans, and district plans. This guidance note...
Working paper

Trends, investor types and drivers of renewable energy FDI

Recently, foreign direct investment (FDI) in renewable energy has been on a rising trend, while FDI activity in fossil fuels has started showing some signs of a possible slowdown. Although the changing geopolitical context might have implications for the development of these trends, the findings...
Report

Are we there yet? Clean transport scorecard for Australian states and territories

This report argues that policies and investments that reduce transport emissions can be put in place now using existing technologies. This makes reducing emissions in the transport sector quickly this decade much easier than is the case for some other sectors of the economy, where...
Report

State of the climate 2022

This seventh biennial 'State of the climate' report draws on the latest national and international climate research, encompassing observations, analyses and future projections to describe year-to-year variability and longer-term changes in Australia’s climate.
Report

A roadmap for decarbonising Australian alumina refining

This report was commissioned by ARENA, and prepared by Deloitte, in consultation with Alcoa, Rio Tinto and South32. It considers the technical, commercial and market implications for emerging low emissions alumina refining and identifies key pathways to emissions reduction for one of Australia’s hard to...
Working paper

The barriers and potential enablers of electric vehicle uptake in Australia

Electric vehicles will play an important role in the transition to net zero. This working paper outlines findings from a recent survey of 2000 Australians, which sought to better understand the barriers and enablers for Australians to switch from vehicles with an internal combustion engine...
Briefing paper

Race to zero emissions: who's the cleanest of them all?

As the Australian government develops its National Electric Vehicle Strategy and considers introducing fuel efficiency standards, the Climate Council has taken a look under the hood to find out where top selling car makers rank in the race to zero emissions.
Report

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...
Report

State-sponsored greenwash

In discussing the Australian context, this paper suggests how the domestic landscape may be representative of state-sponsored 'greenwashing' in other countries. It also suggests that the credibility of net zero claims made by non-state actors is inextricably linked to the state.
Report

Accelerating local electric vehicle uptake where it matters

Electric vehicles (EVs) represent a key pillar in the push towards decarbonisation, and governments across Australia are enacting measures to increase the adoption of EVs as part of their net zero action plans. This report aims to contribute to the discussion of electric vehicle policy...
Discussion paper

National electric vehicle strategy: consultation paper

This consultation paper has been released to solicit public feedback, as part of the development of Australia's national electric vehicle strategy. The new strategy will guide governments, industry and investors to design and deliver measures to electrify the road transport sector.
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

Not according to plan: exploring gaps in city climate planning and the need for regional action

This report attempts to better understand why cities are failing to meet their targets and what can be learned from the planning practices that are working well. By evaluating the most comprehensive decarbonisation plans across 50 of America's largest cities, the report judges how well...
Report

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.
Policy report

Under the hood: the truth about Toyota

The Australian government is currently considering the introduction of fuel efficiency standards regulating climate pollution from cars, which would ensure wider choice of more efficient and zero emissions vehicles for Australian consumers. Based on information contained in this report, Greenpeace Australia Pacific holds there is...
Report

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.
Briefing paper

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.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Barnaby Joyce says Labor has changed the law on fuel emissions standards. Is that correct?

Barnaby Joyce says Labor has changed the law on fuel emissions standards. Verdict: Mr Joyce has jumped the gun.
Briefing paper

Decarbonising clinical care in Australia

This brief highlights the current gaps in understanding of the healthcare sector’s contribution to Australia’s carbon footprint. It focuses on the environmental impact of the delivery of care as the major source of emissions which is not reflected in emissions reductions policies.
Report

The Grattan truck plan: practical policies for cleaner freight

The authors of this report argue that old trucks should be banned from Sydney and Melbourne, as part of a comprehensive plan to reduce Australians’ exposure to deadly air pollution, and that government should rescind pointless regulations which limit the range of less-polluting trucks available...