Tackling Climate Change, Energy Productivity and Improving Our Environment
Addressing issues related to climate change, energy, biodiversity and water resources is important for the quality of our environment, our economy and society.
Australia is one of nearly 200 countries that have adopted the Paris Climate Change Agreement, which sets in place a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As well as meeting its 2020 target, Australia has committed to reduce emissions 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.
We are working with the Department of the Environment and Energy, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and other agencies to deliver the Government’s climate policies (such as the Emissions Reduction Fund and improving energy and motor vehicle efficiency). We are also working with the Department of the Environment and Energy on the 2017 review of climate change policies to ensure Australia’s policies remain effective in achieving the 2030 emissions reduction target.
Reliable and affordable energy is critical to Australia’s productivity and competitiveness. We work with the Department of the Environment and Energy and the Council of Australian Governments to ensure energy remains affordable, reliable and secure as we transition to lower emissions. This includes implementing the National Energy Productivity Plan
Working alongside the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the Department of the Environment and Energy, we support the Government’s commitment to reform water management and implement the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. We work to support the Government’s efforts to protect and conserve Australia’s environment and heritage, including protecting the Great Barrier Reef through the Reef 2050 Plan.