Nov 11, 2013 - 3:30pm
The Climate Institute welcomes the opportunity to provide comments on the draft legislation to repeal Australia’s carbon pricing mechanism.
Key recommendations include:
- Before repealing the carbon limit and pricing mechanism, the Government should release detailed replacement policies, along with independent analysis, that can credibly show that Australia can achieve Australia’s international commitments of up to a 25 per cent reduction in emissions on 2000 levels by 2020. This analysis should demonstrate how the policy settings can be adjusted to meet the more stringent post-2020 targets to be reviewed and agreed internationally over the next two years.
- To help ensure key policy decisions are not arbitrarily made and to preserve community and business confidence in the independence, impartiality and transparency of climate policy reviews the government should not abolish the Climate Change Authority (CCA). The CCA must be maintained in its current form, with responsibility for reviewing key federal climate policies.
- To improve the operation and effectiveness of the Renewable Energy Target, amendments to the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 should be made (see submission for details).