Australia’s state and territory governments have all committed to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 – or earlier. And the Federal Government has indicated they’d like to meet that goal too. But to get there, Australia needs to dramatically cut its emissions across each sector of the economy. Some sectors, such as transport, have had lower emissions since the COVID-19 pandemic, but those emissions are set to rebound to pre-pandemic levels. Australia is not on track for net zero, and urgently needs good policies to push its emissions down.
Join Alison Reeve, Energy and Climate Change Fellow, and James Ha, Associate, as they discuss their new report series Towards Net Zero with Kat Clay, Head of Digital Communications.
James Ha is an Associate at Grattan Institute. In the Energy and Climate Change Program, he developed an economic model of the National Electricity Market, published on the feasibility of achieving net-zero emissions in the electricity sector, and analysed green manufacturing opportunities for Australia, particularly using hydrogen to produce low-emissions steel.
In the Transport and Cities Program, he helped produce two reports on congestion charging, and one on the remarkable capacity of Australian cities to adapt to high levels of population growth. James’ main research interest is in finding practical policy solutions to address climate change. This interest was piqued by a study abroad program he undertook at Oxford University’s Smith School, which focused on how governments and markets can work together to deliver environmental change.
James has previously worked as a science communicator and freelance data analyst. He has a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) and a Concurrent Diploma of Mathematical Sciences (Statistics) from the University of Melbourne.
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