Oct 08, 2015 - 10:30am
The Climate Institute welcomes the government moving to fill the Board of the Climate Change Authority (CCA). The Chair and individuals have a broad and applicable range of skills and experience.
The new Chair Wendy Craik AM is broadly respected and has significant experience in a range of natural resource issues and will be fully aware of the economic, social and environmental costs of climate change. Ultimately the importance of the CCA is not the individuals, but the organisation, which was designed to play an independent advisory role in pursuing climate objectives.
The key test for the CCA is how it performs in providing science based advice on targets, policies and progress in pursuit of the bipartisan objective of Australia playing its part in helping avoid global warming of 2°C above preindustrial levels.
As business, investor, union and welfare groups on the Australian Climate Roundtable have recognised, this is in our national interest and will require countries like Australia to reach net-zero emissions and below. Leading businesses like BHP Billiton, Wesfarmers, Westpac, GE, Mirvac, AGL, Unilever and Santos have also endorsed the importance of the objective of limiting global warming below 2°C.
All of these groups recognise that delay and piecemeal measures are only going to increase the costs of Australia’s challenging response to climate change. The task is achieving a responsible transition to decarbonised, sustainable economic development.
The Climate Institute looks forward to continuing working with the CCA and hopes that this is part of a new era where discussion and decision making on climate action can be less encumbered with partisan and ideological handicaps.
For more information
Kristina Stefanova | Communications Director, The Climate Institute | 02 8239 6299