What should be Australia’s emissions reduction target?
The Climate Change Authority released an Issues Paper as part of its first review of the caps and targets that Australia should adopt for 2020 and toward its long-term emission reduction goal. The recommendations of this review will be the most important step in Australia’s climate change policy since the carbon price was introduced last July. The Authority will be seeking input from a wide range of sources. Ultimately, these firm caps and targets will determine the environmental and economic impacts of Australia’s response to climate change.
At this public event, hosted by Grattan Institute, the CEO of the Climate Change Authority, Anthea Harris introduced the Issues Paper. Professor Ross Garnaut outlined his expectations of such caps and targets in the context of caps and targets set in other countries and how they can contribute to an effective response to the challenge of climate change. They were joined in conversation by Grattan Institute Energy Program Director, Tony Wood.