Energy Security, Climate Policy & the 2015 Paris Agreement:

The National Energy Guarantee Controversy in Australia

(Posted 26 August 2018)

KEY WORDS: Paris Agreement; emission reduction pledges; climate policy; energy security; equity; sustainable development; level playing field

1.0      Public debate on energy policy was galvanized in Australia because of significant concern and uncertainty over the reliability and affordability of power supply and the impacts on the community, business and industry.

2.0      More than ever, an effective national energy framework is a crucial policy need for Australia.

3.0    The Final Detailed Design of Australia’s National Energy Guarantee policy (“NEG”), released on 01 August 2018, has faced stern political critics within parliament, for its adoption.

4.0     Following the Rio Declaration in June 1992 Australia led the world by implementing an innovative national environmental policy for sustainable development in December 1992.

5.0      The challenge for Australia is to grasp the opportunity to lead the world by being the first country to introduce an NEG that gives effect to the inter-dependence and mutual support between climate policy and energy security.

6.0     For the NEG to be adopted, it is crucial that it complies with Paris Agreement obligations: The reduction of emissions must be made on the basis of equity and in the context of promoting sustainable development.



Action for Climate Change and the Paris Agreement:

Moving Forward After Australia’s Federal Election (18 May 2019) ~

Charting a Pathway from Community Division to Consensus

(Posted 24 May 2019)

TAGS: Paris Agreement; climate policy; emission reduction targets; unintended outcomes; level playing field; information conflicts; sustainable development; equity; CBDR principle; mitigation measures; adoption; science; innovations

1.0   Support for climate change - as a critical issue for the recent Federal election - was reflected in polls and surveys undertaken prior to the election.

2.0   During the election campaign, the climate crisis was advanced as a key issue that would shape the outcome of the election.

3.0   Ultimately, this did not prove to be the case in the election. What has been the aftermath?

4.0  The differences in the emission reduction targets between the climate change policies of Australia’s three major political parties, have created a “log-in-the road”; the community division over action on climate change persists.

5.0  The challenge, now, is to move forward, away from community division; and aim to achieve the goal of consensus on action for climate change for Australia.

6.0   A problem-solving framework to address the challenge of achieving consensus on action for climate change is outlined.


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