Archived events

16 May 2013

Australia’s emissions caps and targets: The Climate Change Authority’s review
Thursday 16 May 2013, 12.30pm–1.30pm
Weston Lecture Theatre, Crawford School of Public Policy, #132 Lennox Crossing, ANU

The Climate Change Authority has started work on the first review of Australia’s emissions caps (the “Caps and Target Review”). The Authority will assess Australia’s progress toward its medium and long term emission reduction goals, and examine the appropriate level of ambition for Australia’s next steps to reduce emissions. At the conclusion of the review, the Authority will recommend a national emission reduction target for 2020, and an indicative pathway and budget for national emissions over time to the Government.

Anthea Harris is Chief Executive Officer of the Climate Change Authority. Prior to her appointent she was Chief Adviser in the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, where she played a leading role in the development of the Australian Government’s carbon pricing mechanism, and the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. She has also led the Secretariat for states and territories National Emissions Trading Taskforce and held positions with the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Productivity Commission. Ms Harris will provide an overview of the Caps and Targets Review, including the main issues the Authority plans to consider in developing recommendations and findings.

Will McGoldrick is the Climate Change Policy Manager at WWF-Australia. He has previously worked for The Climate Institute and for the Government of Samoa. Will has two young kids and believes they deserve a safe climate in which to grow. Mr McGoldrick will discuss the case for moving to a stronger 2020 target.

Steve Hatfield-Dodds leads CSIRO’s National Outlook project. Earlier he was a member of the senior leadership team in the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, where his responsibilities included support for the national emissions target. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Crawford School. Steve will provide perspectives on other ways for Australia to strengthen its mitigation effort.

This seminar is presented by the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy at Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University.

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18 April 2013

The Coalition’s direct action climate change plan
Thursday 18 April 2013, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Finkel Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Building 131, Garran Road, ANU

*Please note - this event is booked out and registrations have closed.

**Please also note - registered attendees will only be admitted.

At this public forum the Hon Greg Hunt MP will explain and discuss the Coalition’s climate change policy. Adjunct Professor Martijn Wilder and Dr Frank Jotzo will present perspectives.

The centrepiece of the Coalition’s climate change policy is an “emissions reductions fund” with a reverse auction for the lowest cost emissions reductions. Interest is rising among the policy and business community how such a fund would be designed and operated, its prospects for reducing emissions, and its economic effects.

Greg Hunt MP is Federal Member for Flinders, and Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage. He was Parliamentary Secretary during 2004 to 2007. Before entering Parliament in 2001, he worked for McKinsey and Co and as senior advisor to the then Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer. He holds a first class honours degree in law from Melbourne University and a Masters in International Relations from Yale University, which he completed on a Fulbright scholarship.

Martijn Wilder AM is head of Baker & McKenzie’s Global Environmental Markets and Climate Change practice, having worked on the design and development of climate policy. He is also Chair of Law Carbon Australia, a Board Member of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and an Adjunct Professor at ANU.

Frank Jotzo is director of the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy at Crawford School. He has worked on climate policy and carbon markets since the late 1990s including as advisor to the Garnaut Review. He is a lead author of the Fifth Assessment Report by the Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change.

Professor Jenny Corbett, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Research Training), will chair this forum.

This seminar is presented by the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy at Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University.

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21 March 2013

Climate change: Avoiding a four degree warmer world
Thursday 21 March 2013, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Weston Theatre, Level 1, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU

Rachel Kyte, Vice President for Sustainable Development at the World Bank, will speak about the risk a 4 degree warmer world poses for development and the impact of sea-level rise, heat waves and extreme weather events globally, and in Australia and Oceania. Everyone will be affected by the changing climate, but the poor and vulnerable will suffer most.

She argues that we must avoid a 4 degree warmer world and prepare for
2 degrees, and highlights action that would make the biggest difference. However, while climate change is a major threat, inclusive green growth is an opportunity. Ms Kyte will outline the World Bank Group’s efforts to catalyze climate-smart development and green growth.

Rachel Kyte became Vice President of Sustainable Development at the World Bank in September, 2011. As such, she has overall responsibilities for the organization’s global work in agriculture, environment, energy, infrastructure, urban, and social development, along with global public goods issues in those areas. Prior to her appointment, she was the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Vice President for Business Advisory Services and a member of IFC’s Management Team.

This seminar is presented by the Development Policy Centre and the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University.

http://crawford.anu.edu.au/content/carbon-scheme-makes-australia-world-leader

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13 March 2013

Scenarios for China’s energy and climate policy
Wednesday 13 March 2013, 6–7pm
Weston Theatre, Level 1, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU

China’s carbon dioxide emissions already account for nearly 24% of global emissions, a trend that is expected to keep increasing. Thus the role of China in global GHG mitigation is crucial. Prof Jiang Kejun will present scenario analysis for China’s carbon dioxide emissions and discuss the feasibility of China reaching a low-carbon scenario. The analysis suggests that recent and continued technological progress will make it possible for China’s emissions to peak before 2025 and therefore that the global 2°C target to be achieved.

Professor Jiang Kejun is Senior Researcher at Energy Research Institute, China. He leads modelling assessment for China’s energy and environment policy. His research includes energy and emission scenarios, energy policy and energy markets, energy systems, climate change, local environment policies and international negotiations. His recent research includes energy and emission scenarios to 2030 and 2050, assessment on energy and fuel taxes and energy targets, as well development of an Integrated Policy Assessment model. Professor Jiang has been an author for successive Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports since 1997, and is a coordinating lead author in the IPCC 5th Assessment Report.

This seminar is presented by the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University.

» Prof Jiang Kejun’s slides (PDF2.87MB), presentation at Crawford School 13 March 2013
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12 March 2013

The UK Committee on Climate Change: Challenges & opportunities for meeting carbon budgets
Tuesday 12 March 2013, 5.30-6.30pm
Barton Theatre, JG Crawford Bldng 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU, Canberra

The UK Committee on Climate Change is an independent body established under the Climate Change Act. It advises the UK Government on setting and meeting carbon budgets and on preparing for the impacts of climate change. It Committee has prepared a large range of reports, including on the UK’s carbon budget, pathways to a low carbon economy, energy costs, and climate risks. The UK experience provides important lessons for Australia, where the Climate Change Authority is going to release its draft “caps and targets” review in October. The Caps and Targets Review will recommend a target for reductions in emissions for Australia in 2020, and a proposed pathway to that target.

David Kennedy is the Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change. Previously he worked on energy strategy at the World Bank, and design of infrastructure investment projects at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He has a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics.

This seminar is presented by the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University.

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5 February 2013

A carbon tax in South Africa: Perspectives from an academic
Tuesday 5 February 2013, 5:30 pm
Acton Theatre, Level 1, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU

Professor Harald Winkler from the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre will give his perspectives on plans for a carbon tax in South Africa. The South African Treasury, in its 2012 budget review, proposed a carbon tax at R120 (ca. A$13 /tCO2), rising until 2020, with thresholds for the next financial year. Various details are still under discussion, such as thresholds, how revenue might be recycled and more.

He will provide his academic perspective, including his own analysis, from long-term mitigation scenarios to considerations of implications for poverty and development in South Africa. Professor Winkler’s insights into the development of carbon tax policy in South Africa will provide a useful and illuminating basis for comparison with the Australian experience, given both economies’ high dependence on coal generation. He will also draw on his experience negotiating at the United Nations Climate Change conferences to highlight how domestic climate change policy interacts with action in the international arena.

Professor Winkler has led the research work underpinning South Africa’s Long-Term Mitigation Scenarios (LTMS) and is a member of the South African delegation to the negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He is also a member of the editorial boards of three international journals Climate Policy, Climate and Development and Current Opinions in Environmental Sustainability. Professor Winkler holds a PhD and MA from UCT and an MSc in Energy & Resources from UC Berkeley.

This lecture is presented by the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy at Crawford School of Public Policy.

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21 August 2012

International action on climate: A stocktake
Tuesday 21 August 2012, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Molonglo Theatre, Level 2, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU

China is moving ahead on domestic emissions trading. Pilot carbon trading schemes are under development in seven Chinese cities and provinces. Carbon pricing could play an important role in China’s national climate change policy in the future.

Senior visiting Chinese officials and business people, as well as senior Australian officials will discuss current developments in China’s climate change policy and the preparations for emissions trading. They will also explore Australia’s collaboration in support of carbon market development. » view video

20 June 2012

China’s emerging carbon markets: Latest developments and Australian engagement
Wednesday 20 June 2012, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Molonglo Theatre, Level 2, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU

China is moving ahead on domestic emissions trading. Pilot carbon trading schemes are under development in seven Chinese cities and provinces. Carbon pricing could play an important role in China’s national climate change policy in the future.

Senior visiting Chinese officials and business people, as well as senior Australian officials will discuss current developments in China’s climate change policy and the preparations for emissions trading. They will also explore Australia’s collaboration in support of carbon market development.
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22 March 2012

Prospects post-Durban for the international climate negotiations: The virtuous cycle of national and international climate policy and politics
Thursday 22 March 2012, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Weston Theatre, Level 1, J.G. Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU

The Durban Climate Conference provides a new opportunity to deliver a binding international agreement for all countries by 2015. The success of this endeavor, however, rests on the actions taken in the near-term to close the mitigation gap and ensure effective implementation in key countries around the world.

14 March 2012

International climate policy for the long term
Wednesday 14 March 2012, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Molonglo Theatre, Level 2, J.G. Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU

International climate policy has changed direction. Since the Copenhagen climate negotiations there has been a shift in focus towards comparable action, with the prospects of a global treaty based on binding national targets diminished. The Durban climate change meetings in 2011 set an agenda of further negotiation, with the way ahead unclear except that it is to involve substantial but as yet unspecified actions by all countries rather than only advanced economies.

Presentations by speaker:

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27 October 2011

Fulfilling Australia’s international climate finance commitments
Thursday 27 October, 12.15 for 12.30 - 2.00pm (sandwiches provided)
ANU Crawford School, Weston Theatre

Climate change financing will be high on the agenda for the Durban UN climate change conference. Taking steps to fulfil the global commitment to scale up funding for developing countries to $100 billion a year by 2020 is seen as essential for building trust. As the time draws near for countries to announce their post-2012 financing pledges, there are big questions for Australia: what might be our share in the global effort? What are suitable financing sources for Australia? What are the roles for private finance, new public finance sources and the expanding aid budget? A report by the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy (authors: Frank Jotzo, Jonathan Pickering, Peter Wood) will be released. Representatives from World Vision Australia (David Lansley) and the Department for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (Clare Walsh) will give their perspectives and take part in a panel discussion.

13 October 2011

Symposium: “Climate change and energy policy in Europe and Australia”
ANU Centre for European Studies.

The European Union (EU) is embarking on the third phase of its emissions trading scheme, and EU member countries have commenced big changes in their energy systems. Australia is about to start its carbon pricing scheme, and large scale changes in the energy system need to take place if emissions are to be reduced. What are the parallels in discussion and action on climate change and energy policy between the Europe and Australia? Speakers include Andreas Loeschel, Dirk Ruebbelke, Howard Bamsey, Karen Hussey and Frank Jotzo.

5 September 2011

Crawford School Dialogue “Australia’s carbon price: good policy or not?”.

Australia’s Parliament is on the verge of legislating a climate policy package that puts a price on carbon emissions. Will the scheme put Australia on track for a low-emissions future? How will it affect industries, jobs, and household budgets? Is it sensible policy in the international context, and how are the politics of climate change playing out? A number of Australia’s leading climate change economists, policy analysts and practitioners will put their perspectives and engage in debate. 

Speakers included the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Senator Simon Birmingham, Warwick McKibbin, Frank Jotzo, David Pearce, John Freebairn, Michelle Grattan, Paul Kelly, Richard Denniss, Henry Ergas, Anna Skarbek, Paul Frijters, Simon Schrapel, Trevor Breusch, Bruce Chapman.

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1 April 2011

Dr Cameron Hepburn - Seminar - Self-interested climate policy and emerging markets

31 March 2011

Environment and Economics 2011: Australia’s climate policy options
Speakers: Will Steffen, Frank Jotzo, Steve Hatfield-Dodds, Warwick McKibbin, John Quiggin, Ross Garnaut, Andrew MacIntosh, Richard Dennis, Iain MacGill, Lorraine Stephenson, David Victor, Mark-C Lewis, Cameron Hepburn, Erwin Jackson, Harry Clarke, Peter J Wood, Anita Talberg, Andrew Leigh, John Hewson, Lenore Taylor, Howard Bamsey.  Registration essential.

30 November 2010

Australia in a climate changed world - Moving forward to Cancún and beyond - Crawford School Forum, The Hon. Greg Combet AM MP, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Dr Frank Jotzo, Dr Carolyn Hendriks

27 October 2010

Official launch of Centre for Climate Economics and Policy at conclusion of Asia Climate Change Forum, Crawford School, ANU, 5pm

25 October 2010

Dr Andreas Löschel - Seminar - EU emissions trading - a model to follow or one to avoid?

1 September 2010

Professor Lord Nicholas Stern visited ANU for a roundtable discussion on the future of global climate policy.

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