CCEP Newsletter

Centre for Climate Economics & Policy
Crawford School of Public Policy
Oct 2015
News from the Centre for Climate Economics & Policy

Paris and beyond

In the lead-up to the COP21 conference, interest in climate policy is picking up once again in the political and public sphere. In Australia, the change of Prime Minister contributes to renewed policy interest in innovative approaches to climate and energy policy. We can expect increasing interest in how Australia will achieve its 2030 target, and whether the existing target can be strengthened. Paris is likely to be the starting point of more broad-based global climate action, rather than the end point of present negotiations.

At the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy, we’ve been contributing to relevant research and policy outreach through working papers, opeds and public events. Our most recent working papers are on network externalities in renewables, income contingent loans for solar panels, and coal taxes for market rents.

We are also often engaged in discussions with senior policymakers. Recently I took part in briefings to Australian parliamentarians organised by the ANU Climate Change Institute and the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute. Our work on Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation has found interest in Taiwan, and our collaborations with Chinese researchers on China’s climate policy continues.

There is also interest and activity among Australia’s states and territories. Together with Professor John Hewson of Crawford School and Anna Skarbek I’ve been appointed to the South Australian government’s Low Carbon Economy expert panel. The Australian Capital Territory’s government is also among the world’s more progressive sub-national jurisdictions on climate policy, and takes advice from its Climate Change Council.

Several ANU academics and students will travel to Paris for the climate conference, making presentations, doing research on the process of the negotiations, and occasionally also providing advice. The ANU Climate Change Institute is organising a post-COP briefing, on 16 December.

In the meantime, the hottest topic in climate policy is the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to the global climate effort, put forward by the great majority of countries. I recommend a recent paper and online tool to compare the INDCs, led by our colleague Malte Meinshausen at University of Melbourne.

Finally, to note we have a video recording of the September talk by Andreas Löschel, chair of Germany’s Expert Commission to monitor the energy transformation in Germany. We took Professor Löschel on a tour of talks and round-tables with policymakers, industry representatives and academics in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Also, presentation slides are available from our event with Hugh Saddler and Tristan Edis on trends in Australia’s electricity demand and renewable energy policy.

Latest working papers

Recent opinion pieces by CCEP associates

05 Oct 2015
Hugh Saddler: 'Coal and emissions stall as renewables rise'
Climate Spectator

28 Sep 2015
Frank Jotzo: 'China's emissions-trading announcement is a signal to the world' 
The Interpreter

22 Sep 2015
John Quiggin: 'Why the Paris conference may not be enough'
The Economist

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Best Wishes

Frank Jotzo
Director, CCEP
ANU Crawford School of Public Policy

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