Research reports

research reports

The Climate Change Authority also undertakes research reports on climate-related issues.


On 17 July 2020, the Climate Change Authority released a new report, Economic recovery, resilience and prosperity after the coronavirus. This report identifies measures previously proposed by the Authority that could contribute to a ‘triple-win' economic stimulus package in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19.

This research report outlines how Australia can reduce greenhouse gas emissions to meet not only its 2030 Paris Agreement target but also subsequent, more ambitious targets, and prosper in a world transitioning to net zero emissions.


On 11 July 2019, the Climate Change Authority released its stocktake of drivers for, and actions by, industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Australia, including new and emerging low emissions technologies.


Reaping the Rewards is a research report that explores ways landholders can improve profitability, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deliver broader environmental benefits at the same time. These objectives are known as ‘multiple benefits’.


On 9 March 2017, the Authority released an issues paper for consultation called Action on the land: reducing emissions, conserving natural capital and improving farm profitability.


The government has announced a target of 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 for Australia.

In March 2015 the Authority released the Comparing countries’ emissions targets: A practical guide. This guide is to help Australians understand and compare post-2020 greenhouse gas emissions targets that will be announced over the coming year.


In its 2014 Targets and Progress Review, the Authority recommended Australia use international emissions reduction units to help meet its 2020 target. This paper considers the practical implications, including the types of international units Australia could use, their availability and costs, and potential purchasing arrangements.

In its Targets and Progress Review, the Authority recommended that the government investigate a CO2 emissions standard for light vehicles in Australia. This research report provides an in-depth analysis of light vehicle emissions standards, and demonstrates that mandatory standards are a cost-effective way to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and light vehicle fuel use.

The international community is now negotiating a post-2020 framework for global climate action. Strong international action to reduce emissions is in every country’s interest, including Australia’s.. This research paper, released in June 2014, identifies key priorities for international co-operation on climate change that will encourage greater national emissions reductions.