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Centre for Climate & Energy Policy
Crawford School of Public Policy
February 2020
Green shoots near Budawang National Park, burned in early December 2019, photo late January 2020

Centre for Climate and Energy Policy update: Net Zero

The key to better climate change outcomes globally is the shift over time to net zero emissions. Long-term low emissions strategies are key to help understand not only the technical options but also economic and social aspects. This will be a focus for us at the Centre for Climate and Energy Policy in 2020. On 26 Feb we will hold a forum Towards a long-term emissions strategy for Australia: perspectives on scenarios, investment, and industry, with several speakers from research and industry associations.

We also have two research seminars this week: Prof Michael Hanemann, world renown environmental economist, on water markets and how the Californian experience relates to Australia (10 Feb); and Dr Masahiro Sugiyama of the University of Tokyo on modelling Japan’s climate policies (11 Feb). And we are partners in a day-long forum on climate action organised by the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia, on 11 Feb at Parliament House.

In Australia, the immediate context for climate change research and policy remains the bushfires. Latest estimates have the area of forests burned at over 10 million hectares, carbon dioxide emissions that might be as much as twice Australia’s annual total greenhouse gas emissions, massive loss of flora and fauna, large economic costs for example in housing, infrastructure and tourism, difficult challenges in rebuilding affected communities, and extensive health and psychological impacts.

A crisis of such proportions offers the possibility of societal, political and policy change, as I argued in this article last month. The political debate about policy to cut emissions remains fraught in Australia, but some ‘green shoots’ are emerging, and there is already a much clearer sense of the need to adapt to climate change impacts.

As always, our role in the universities is to provide research-based insights, and to give thoughtful leadership. ANU has a tremendous strength in research across disciplines that matter in the aftermath of the fires, from ecology through engineering to economics and policy. Our Chancellor Julie Bishop recently pledged the combined capability that ANU can offer to the national bushfire recovery effort.

And on occasion we can lead by example. Our Vice Chancellor and President Prof Brian Schmidt, at last week’s ANU annual State of the University address, committed ANU to become a negative-emissions organisation. Strategy and implementation are to be worked out, but the commitment is there.

Best wishes from Canberra

Frank Jotzo

Upcoming events

10 February 2020 
Carrying coal to Newcastle: Talking about water marketing to Australian economists! 
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11 February 2020 
Evaluating climate change mitigation policy of Japan: A multi-model approach
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26 February 2020
Towards a long-term emissions strategy for Australia: perspectives on scenarios, investment, and industry
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Latest working papers

Best, R, Burke, P.J, February 2020, Energy mix persistence and the effect of carbon pricing CCEP Working Paper 2001.
Nishitateno, S, Burke, P.J, November 2019, Have vehicle registration restrictions improved urban air quality in Japan? CCEP Working Paper 1904.
Best, R, Burke, P.J, Nishitateno, S, August 2019, Evaluating the effectiveness of Australia’s Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme for rooftop solar CCEP Working Paper 1903.
Best, R, Burke, P.J, Nishitateno, S, April 2019, Understanding the determinants of rooftop solar installation: evidence from household surveys in Australia CCEP Working Paper 1902.
Zhang, Z, Zhang, Z, Zhu, K, February 2019, Allocating carbon responsibility: the role of spatial production fragmentation CCEP Working Paper 1901.

Recent opinion pieces by CCEP associates

Frank Jotzo as panellist on ABC The Drum on climate policy after the fires (from 13:00), 15 January 2020(

John Quiggin writes ‘Slow burn’, Inside Story, 1 January 2020.

Frank Jotzo interviewed by Nick Robinson and Mishal Husain on ‘BBC Radio 4’, BBC, 4 January 2020.

Frank Jotzo writes ‘Here in Madrid, the view of Australia’s tricky tactics is not pretty’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 December 2019.

John Quiggin writes ‘Yes, the world is paying attention to Australia’s climate inaction’, Inside Story, 2 December 2019.

Frank Jotzo, with ANU colleagues Fiona J Beck and Thomas Longden write ‘For hydrogen to be truly ‘clean’ it must be made with renewables, not coal’, The Conversation, 2 December 2019.

>> more media pieces and mentions
Frank Jotzo
Director, Centre for Climate & Energy Policy 
ANU Crawford School of Public Policy

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