Climate Change Review discussion paper released

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The Federal Government has released a discussion paper for public consultation as part of the 2017 review of climate change policies.

“The discussion paper follows the Government’s commitment to review its climate change policies when it set Australia’s target to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030,” Minister for Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg said.

Mr Frydenberg released the terms of reference for the review in December last year.

“Australia’s approach to climate change policy is to meet our international emissions reduction commitments while at the same time maintaining energy security and affordability,” he said.

The review will look at:

  • the opportunities and challenges of reducing emissions on a sector-by-sector basis;
  • the impact of policies on jobs, investment, trade competitiveness, households and regional Australia;
  • the integration of climate change and energy policy, including the impact of state-based policies on achieving an effective national approach;
  • the role and operation of the Emissions Reduction Fund and its safeguard mechanism;
  • complementary policies, including the National Energy Productivity Plan;
  • the role of research and development and innovation;
  • the potential role of credible international units in meeting Australia’s emissions targets; and
  • a potential long-term emissions reduction goal post-2030.

The review is expected to conclude by the end of 2017.

Submissions will be accepted until May 5.