A National Agenda for Climate Action

The more we find out about the effects of climate change, the greater the insights we gather into how we can become a resilient, innovative, and safe Australia, that is prospering in a zero carbon global economy. Achieving this will not be easy. But it is necessary.

Addressing climate change will require transformation, particularly of the energy sector. Not addressing climate change will require even greater transformation, as we struggle to cope with growing climate impacts. To this end, it is imperative that we integrate climate, energy and economic policy through a stable, long term framework that is both fair and inclusive.

The Climate Institute's National Agenda for Climate Action provides a comprehensive roadmap for achieving outcomes across three inter-related policy dimensions: 

1. setting a credible pathway to net zero emissions;
2. ensuring investor, business and community confidence in clean energy; and 
3. integrating climate costs and opportunities into mainstream decision-making.

On this project page, you will see how the approaches we advocate for — past, present and future — fit into our National Agenda for Climate Action.

Beyond the limits
What are the impacts on Australia of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C and 2°C? See what a 1.5-2°C world means for Australia.
2016 Election Polling
The Climate Institute's election polling showed two thirds of Australians want our country to be a world leader in finding solutions to climate change. Click below for complete findings. See
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Latest research examining credible pathways to net zero emissions.
Latest research that builds investor, business & community confidence in clean energy.
Latest report on integrating climate costs & opportunities into mainstream decision-making.
Australian climate impacts: heat extremes, coral reefs, water and sea level rise in a 1.5-2°C world.
Per capita emissions in 2030 vs. the per capita emissions range consistent with the 1.5-2°C.
Are the government's current targets consistent with the 1.5-2°C carbon budget?

The Climate Institute's work across three inter-related policy dimensions of our National Agenda for Climate Action : 

Set a credible pathway to net zero emissions

+ Implications of the 1.5°C limit in the Paris Agreement for climate policy
The Climate Institute commissioned Climate Analytics to examine the implications of the 1.5°C limit for climate policy.

+ The Paris Climate Agreement and Implications for Australia
Post-Paris Policy Brief - Paris agreement and implications for Australia.

+ Paris Climate Summit: Catalyst for further action?
Policy Brief examining what can be expected from the Paris climate negotiations.

+ Australia’s Post-2020 Emission Challenge
Policy Brief explores Australia's role in the international cycle of growing ambition. 

+ Moving Below Zero: Understanding Bioenergy with Carbon Capture & Storage
A world first study examining the role of carbon removal technologies in national climate policy scenarios.

Global Climate Leadership Review 2013 and Low-Carbon Competitiveness Index
Report, videos and fact sheets, and the interactive Low-Carbon Competitiveness Index.

+ Boosting Australia’s Energy Productivity
Report examines Australia’s investment in energy efficiency, finding poor investment is costing the nation tens of billions of dollars in economic growth.

+ Clean Energy Jobs in Regional Australia
A study into the potential national, state and regional employment impacts of this shift to clean energy sources.

+ ENGO Perspectives on Carbon Capture and Storage
Report lays out perspectives on the future and potential role of CCS in mitigating climate change.

+ Leader, Follower or Free Rider?
Report examines the economic impacts of different Australian emission targets.

Ensure investor, business & community confidence in clean energy

A Switch in Time: Enabling the electricity sector's transition to net zero emissions
Analysis on the policy tools we need to gradually clean up Australia's electricity system.

+ Australia's Financial System and Climate Risk
This paper explores where characteristics of Australia’s financial system intersect with identified climate risks.

+ Divest Invest
Reports, speeches and videos from the Divest Invest conference.

+ Australian Climate Roundtable
Project page for the Australian Climate Roundtable, an unprecedented alliance of business, environment, union, social and research groups.

+ Asset Owners Disclosure Project
AODP has developed the world’s leading reporting framework for institutional investors encompassing the disclosure and management of climate risk.

Integrate climate costs & opportunities into mainstream decision-making

There Goes the Neighbourhood: Climate change, Australian housing & the financial sector
Discussion Paper examines climate change, Australian housing and the financial sector. 

+ Sport & Climate Impacts: How much heat can sport handle?
Analysis of the vulnerability of sport against the growing physical impacts of climate change.

+ Counting All The Costs: Recognising the carbon subsidy to polluting energy
Analysis of the unpriced cost of climate damages on economic growth, environmental systems, health, and security.

Buyer Beware: Home Insurance, Extreme Weather and Climate Change
Report examining the implications of climate change and extreme weather on home insurance.

+ Unburnable Carbon: Australia's carbon bubble
A study examining the implications of the carbon bubble on Australia's fossil fuel assets.

Coming Ready or Not: Managing climate risks to Australia’s infrastructure
This report looks at climate risk to major infrastructure assets. Can Australia's infrastructure handle climate change?

+ A Climate of Suffering: the real costs of living with inaction on climate change
Report aimed at raising awareness of the mental health impacts of extreme weather events and climate change.

Bushfire Weather in Southeast Australia
Recent trends and projected climate change impacts.

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