Frontier report on Australia’s Direct Action Safeguards

In August 2015, the Australian Government proposed a CO2 emissions target of a 26%-28% reduction on 2005 emissions levels by 2030. More recently, the Government released draft details around the Direct Action Safeguards Mechanism. Frontier (Australia) looks at this policy in a new report for clients.

Because many expect that Direct Action is the main course to meeting Australia’s appetite for abatement, some were disappointed when the Safeguards Mechanism was served up and fear we will struggle to meet our emissions targets by 2030.

However, it seems that the Government only intends the Safeguards (and Direct Action) to be a tapas dish with several more policy dishes still to be served, each contributing to meeting our 2030 abatement challenge. And after all these domestic abatement policy dishes are served, even if it still looks like Australia may go hungry (not meet our future emissions targets), the potential to recognise international abatement credits could potentially loom as the kebab at the end of the night.

Frontier regularly advises clients on a range of climate change issues.

For more information,  please contact Marita O’Keeffe at m.okeeffe@frontier-economics.com or phone +61 3 9620 4488.

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