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The impacts of Climate Change represent the greatest threat to our national security, our economy, our health and our environment. But if we implement an effective plan now, we can create a safe and prosperous future for ourselves and our children.
Zali Steggall, OAM MP

What is the Climate Act?

The Climate Act is a proposed law to ensure the long-term safety, security and prosperity of Australia by achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050.

Zali Steggall OAM MP will table the Act to parliament on Monday November 9th 2020.

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How does the Australian Climate Act work?

Net Zero emissions by 2050

Net zero means we need to balance the carbon we put into the atmosphere with what we draw down through tree planting and soils – just like balancing a budget.

Risk Assessments and adaptation plans

To protect our communities, we need to assess the risks of rising temperatures, pandemics, worsening bushfires, cyclones and droughts, and implement plans that benefit our economic strength and recovery.

Technology readiness assessment

With regular reviews of existing and emerging technologies we can monitor and fast track opportunities to get to Net Zero.

Independent advisory commission

To guide our response to climate change, this body will conduct assessments, track progress, advise the government and report publicly.

For more information about how the Act works click here

How will the Climate Act help the Australian economy?

Jobs and Growth

The Climate Act will put in place plans to harness low emission technology and projects, triggering a sustainable jobs boom for all of Australia.

Lower cost energy

The Climate Act will help speed up our transition to low emissions technologies that are driving down energy prices.

Investment certainty

By putting plans in place for key industries the Climate Act will enable businesses to invest with certainty in new low emissions technologies.

Trade certainty

By legislating Net Zero, the Climate Act will tell our trading partners we are committed to reducing our emissions and will avoid carbon tariffs being imposed on our exports.

With many countries adopting the Net Zero target by 2050, Australia risks being left behind by countries with similar economies like the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada and the European Union.

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McKinsey
Government spending on renewable energy and energy efficiency creates more jobs than spending on fossil fuels
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University of Melbourne
Developing clean economies while tackling climate change will deliver economic benefits.
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Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit
Most of the world’s leading economies have grown strongly in the past 25 years while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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Clean Energy Council
A clean recovery to jumpstart the economy and create 50,000 jobs.
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Australian Energy Monitoring Organisation
By 2025 at times as much as 75% of energy could be provided by wind and solar.
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Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs expects clean technology to create between 15-20 million jobs worldwide
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UN Race to Zero
Join the UN global campaign to rally leadership and support for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery.
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Climate Council
Government spending on renewables creates 50 more jobs per $10 million invested than spending on fossil fuels.
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Farmers for Climate Action
Proposed pillars of a national strategy for climate change and agriculture.
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WWF
Australian renewable export COVID-19 recovery package.
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Australian Energy Monitoring System
The 2020 ISP provides an actionable roadmap for eastern Australia’s power system.
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ClimateWorks
How technologies in each sector can achieve climate goals in Australia when rebuilding the economy to be resilient for the future.
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Beyond Zero Emissions
One million new, well-paying jobs, to help rebuild our economy after the coronavirus pandemic and secure a strong future for all Australians.
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