• Industry to the fore? Meeting Australia’s 2030 target without an EIS

    While the government has ruled out an emissions intensity scheme (EIS) for the power sector, the continued operation of the federal Renewable Energy Target (RET) – and state renewable targets […]

  • INSIGHTS: Wide scope for climate policy review – Key considerations

    The Federal Government today released the Terms of Reference (ToR) for its climate policy review, with industry consultation to be held in February ahead of the formal reporting process from […]

  • Hunt out, Frydenberg in – Where to for the Coalition’s climate policy review?

    In short: Josh Frydenberg will head an expanded Energy and Environment Portfolio in place of outgoing minister Greg Hunt In our view, the change will better align climate change with […]

  • Going back to go forward? The road to climate bi-partisanship in the 2016-19 Parliament

    The 2016-19 Federal Parliament will play a major role in defining Australia’s long-term climate policy framework, with the major parties expected to work towards policy bipartisanship, and market certainty, as […]

  • ALP ETS

    Back to the future – the ALP’s proposed ETS policy In order to establish a low-carbon pathway for the Australian economy, the Federal Opposition has proposed to re-introduce an Emissions […]

  • Renewable Energy Target

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  • Policy Scenarios

    Policy scenarios & review While the current design of the Safeguard Mechanism will impose little compliance obligations on high emitting companies, the ineffectiveness of the policy to adequately “safeguard” ERF […]

  • Company Exposure

    Summary Baselines will reflect the data reported under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme (NGERS), and will generally reflect the highest emissions level reported between 2009/10 and 2013/14. The […]

  • Scheme Coverage

    Scheme Coverage The safeguard mechanism covers all facilities with direct emissions of more than 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per annum (tpa). More than half of covered emissions are […]

  • Policy Summary

    The Safeguard Mechanism – Policy Summary In October 2015, Environment Minister Greg Hunt lodged the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015 (the “Safeguard Rules”), which sets out […]

  • Australia’s “low-cost” ACCU Opportunity – Our ACCU Supply Cost Curve

    While the government has set a modest target to reduce emissions by 26-28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030, a common assumption is that it is not possible – […]

  • Government rhetoric – not policy – is key regulatory impediment

    Ahead of the federal election, climate policy remains an Achilles heel for the Coalition, with Australia’s growing national emissions profile, and the prospect of a 9-12 month demand gap over […]