Australia’s electricity sector: policy options to support a low-carbon transition

Electricity production is Australia’s largest carbon dioxide emitting sector, and offers great potential for emissions reductions both in the short and long term. Which market structures and instruments can best facilitate such a low-carbon transition is an open question, and an important one for policy development.

At this symposium, researchers from several organisations presented their latest research and perspectives, and discussed with representatives from energy companies and business associations, federal government departments and federal agencies, as well as advisers to relevant federal and state Ministers and Shadow Ministers.

Video recordings of the presentations and podium discussions are available here.

Slides are linked below.

Reports about several of the presentations are available at Footprint News.


Steve Hatfield-Dodds of CSIRO and Crawford School presented insights from the Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap project.

Olivia Kember of The Climate Institute presented recent work undertaken on net zero energy emissions.

Tony Wood of the Grattan Institute discussed Climate and Energy policy in Australia in 2016.

Tim Nelson of AGL Energy discussed the “where to” for Australia’s climate policy from a corporate perspective.

Frank Jotzo of Crawford School and Salim Mazouz of the Centre for International Economics explained a proposed market mechanism for exit of brown-coal fired power stations.

Kathryn Smith of the Climate Change Authority outlined the policy options the Authority is considering in its current Special Review of Australia’s climate action.

This symposium was presented by the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy at ANU Crawford School.

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