25 September 2016

Keeping the lights on: lessons from South Australia’s power shock

Soaring wholesale electricity prices in South Australia in July warn of Australia’s failure to combine climate change and energy policies. To ensure that power is reliable, affordable and sustainable, it’s time to heed the lesson.

14 June 2016

Orange Book 2016: priorities for the next Commonwealth Government

Australia faces many domestic policy challenges as the election looms. Yet a survey of seven years of Grattan Institute reports and policy proposals shows that a government prepared to forcefully articulate the public interest could win public support for a brave and powerful reform agenda.

10 April 2016

Climate phoenix: a sustainable Australian climate policy

After a decade of toxic political debate, there is an opportunity to forge a stable and compelling policy on climate change that both major parties can support.

15 December 2015

Post Paris: Australia’s climate policy options

An economy-wide, market-based scheme is the best way to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions – it’s also politically difficult. Six criteria should guide the design of an alternative policy framework.

15 July 2012

Building the bridge: a practical plan for a low-cost, low-emissions energy future

The carbon price is a vital step in creating a low-emissions future for Australia, but it needs further support. Grattan’s report proposes an innovative and practical solution to an extremely difficult problem.

6 February 2012

No easy choices: which way to Australia’s energy future?

The carbon pricing scheme alone is not enough to effect the change Australia needs. The report assesses the main low-emissions electricity options, and suggests ways to address an acute intellectual and policy challenge.

30 August 2011

New protectionism under carbon pricing

The Government’s unduly generous assistance to industry under its carbon emissions package may create a new protectionism. The whole community will pay for unjustified subsidies to the LNG and coal industries.

7 April 2011

Learning the hard way: Australia’s policies to reduce emissions

An analysis of more than 300 government programs to tackle climate change since 1997 demonstrates clearly what works and what does not in reducing carbon emissions. What reduces emissions most effectively and cheaply is the creation of a market.

15 December 2010

Markets to reduce pollution: cheaper than expected

Technology innovation driven by markets is the key to reducing carbon emissions. Experience shows that markets may not be perfect, but they are consistently effective at identifying lower cost opportunities, promoting innovation, and responding flexibly to changes.

22 April 2010

Restructuring the Australian economy to emit less carbon

Industry by industry analysis shows that an Australian carbon price will not result in widespread job losses or higher carbon emissions. Proposed free permits under the CPRS are expensive and will delay restructuring the Australian economy efficiently to emit less carbon.