Terms of Reference

Domestic Policy
Monday, March 23, 2015
Publication author(s):
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Publication abstract:

Terms of Reference for the UNFCCC Taskforce. The taskforce provided information on developments in the science, domestic and international emissions trends and the climate change policies of other countries to the Prime Minister, and the Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Investment, Industry and Science, and the Environment.

Climate change is a global issue requiring all countries to work together. Australia supports strong and effective action and will play a responsible role in addressing this issue, and also act in a way that protects our international competitiveness and national interest.

Australia has committed to work constructively towards the 2015 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris Conference. In preparation, a taskforce has been established in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to coordinate the provision of information to the Government. The taskforce will ensure the Prime Minister, and the Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Investment, Industry and Science, and the Environment are fully informed on developments in the science, domestic and international emissions trends and the climate change policies of other countries.

The taskforce will provide advice on Australia’s approach to climate change and on the development of the negotiating strategy for the UNFCCC, drawing appropriately from the evidence. The Government has committed to a review of emissions reduction targets in 2015 in the context of negotiations on the new global climate agreement to be concluded at the Paris conference. The Ministers for Foreign Affairs and the Environment will oversight the review, which the taskforce will coordinate.

Taskforce responsibilities will also include coordination and advice on options to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to our changing climate and the range, combination and cost of domestic instruments that could be used to meet a post-2020 target.

The taskforce will comprise seconded officers from relevant portfolios, draw on and coordinate related activity across Government, and draw on the expertise of scientists and academics as required.

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