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Climate Change Publications

  • Audio: Review of the Renewable Energy Target released

    29 August 2014

    The Federal Government has released the Warburton Review into the Renewable Energy Target. Power & Utilities Sector Head Anna Collyer and the Head of the firm's Climate Change Practice Grant Anderson spoke to BRR Media about the main findings of the review and the implications for the electricity sector and Australia's emissions reduction targets.

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  • Focus: 'Axing the tax' - the end of the Australian carbon pricing scheme

    21 July 2014

    Federal Parliament has passed legislation to repeal the carbon pricing scheme, removing the nationwide impost on greenhouse gas emissions. Partner Grant Anderson and Associate Albert Yu report.

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  • Focus: Introduction of the Emissions Reduction Fund Bill

    23 June 2014

    The Federal Government has introduced into Parliament legislation for the establishment of its proposed Emissions Reduction Fund, which will provide businesses with opportunities to enter into contracts under which the Government pays them for undertaking carbon abatement. Partner Grant Anderson and Lawyer Albert Yu report. 

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  • Client Update: Abolition of the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target

    26 May 2014

    The Victorian State Government has announced the closure of the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Scheme at the end of 2015, which will remove the annual obligation of large energy retailers to surrender energy efficiency certificates, as well as the financial benefits provided by the scheme for implementing energy efficiency improvements. Partner Grant Anderson and Lawyer Albert Yu report.

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  • Client Update: Repeal of the Energy Efficiency Opportunities Program

    22 May 2014

    The Federal Government has introduced into Parliament legislation which, if passed, will terminate the Energy Efficiency Opportunities Program and so remove the mandatory requirement for large energy using businesses to assess opportunities to improve energy efficiency and to report publicly on the outcomes of those assessments. Partner Grant Anderson and Lawyer Albert Yu report.

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  • Focus: Emissions Reduction Fund Exposure Draft Legislation Released

    16 May 2014

    The Federal Government has released exposure draft legislation for the establishment of its proposed Emissions Reduction Fund. Partner Grant Anderson and Lawyer Albert Yu report.

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  • Focus: Emissions Reduction Fund White Paper released

    28 April 2014

    The Federal Government has released its White Paper on the design of the Emissions Reduction Fund. Partner Grant Anderson reports.

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  • Focus: Pricing and repeal of the carbon tax

    28 March 2014

    The legislation that will repeal Australia's carbon pricing scheme will also introduce some significant new prohibitions, and confer some extensive enforcement and price monitoring powers on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, to ensure that the repeal of the scheme is accompanied by a corresponding reduction in the price of emissions or energy-intensive goods and services. Partners Grant Anderson and Fiona Crosbie report.

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  • Focus: Carbon pollution reduction schemes? - China one way, Australia the other?

    20 March 2014

    As part of its commitment to solving serious air pollution problems, the Chinese Government has launched a variety of pilot schemes that will eventually pave the way for the establishment of a national emissions trading market. These steps are in marked contrast to the position in Australia, where the Coalition Government plans to repeal the carbon pricing scheme from 1 July 2014. Partners Kate Axup and Grant Anderson and Lawyer Shona Shang look at the Chinese schemes and the different approaches to emissions reduction being taken in China and Australia.

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  • Focus: Emissions Reduction Fund Green Paper released

    10 January 2014

    The Federal Government has released its Green Paper on the design of the Emissions Reduction Fund. Partner Grant Anderson reports on this proposed centrepiece of the Government's Direct Action Plan.

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  • Focus: Beijing goes green

    2 December 2013

    The level of air pollution in its major cities illustrates the environmental price China has paid for its economic growth over the past 30 years. Recently, a number of administrative authorities at the Beijing municipal level have enacted policies and directives aimed at curbing pollution, and these are representative of the direction in which China is heading. Partner Kate Axup, Senior Associate Justin Chin and Lawyer Shona Shang look at these changes.

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  • Focus: Repeal of carbon pricing scheme

    17 October 2013

    The Federal Government has released exposure draft legislation for the repeal of the carbon pricing scheme, as well as terms of reference for the establishment of its Emissions Reduction Fund. Partner Grant Anderson and Law Graduate Levona Lavi report.

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  • Audio: Election impacts on climate change

    9 October 2013

    The newly elected Abbott Government has announced a range of policies that will impact upon Australian companies across a number of sectors, with potential changes in the areas of tax, climate change, infrastructure, competition, workplace relations, foreign investment and technology, media and communications. Partner Grant Anderson, from the Energy, Resources & Infrastructure group at Allens, speaks to BRR Media about the impact of the election results on climate change policy.

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  • Focus: Now for the Direct Action Plan

    9 September 2013

    The Coalition's election victory means that, assuming it ultimately gains control of the Senate, or is otherwise able to garner sufficient votes from the non-Coalition parties in the Senate, the current carbon pricing scheme will soon be replaced with the Coalition's Direct Action Plan. Partner Grant Anderson reports.

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  • Client Update: Draft legislation to bring forward the emissions trading scheme phase released

    30 July 2013

    The Federal Government has released exposure draft legislation to give effect to its recently announced policy of commencing the emissions trading scheme phase of the carbon pricing scheme one year before the scheduled date of 1 July 2015. Partner Grant Anderson and Lawyer Albert Yu report.

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  • Focus: The Opposition's Direct Action Plan

    23 April 2013

    Although there is bipartisan commitment to reducing Australia's greenhouse gas emissions to 95 per cent of their 2000 levels by 2020, the current Government and Opposition policies for achieving this are very different. The forthcoming Federal election, and the recent collapse in the price of European Union emissions trading scheme allowances, means that a review of the Opposition's Direct Action Policy is timely. Partner Grant Anderson reports.

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  • Client Update: Liquid fuels opt-in scheme

    14 December 2012

    The Federal Government has made regulations to establish a liquid fuels opt-in scheme that will allow entities to opt their liquid fuel use into the carbon pricing scheme, rather than face indirect carbon liability through reduced fuel tax credits for their fuel acquisitions. Partner Grant Anderson and Lawyer Albert Yu report.

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  • Client Update: Doha and its implications for Australia

    12 December 2012

    At the recently concluded UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Australia signed up to a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol and an agreement on a pathway for the adoption of a new global climate change treaty that is to come into effect in 2020. Partner Grant Anderson and Lawyer Albert Yu report.

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  • Audio: Wind power viable under current RET

    12 December 2012

    The Climate Change Authority recently released its draft recommendations regarding Australian Renewable Energy Targets. The final report is due to be released before the end of 2012. Partner Michael Graves and Senior Associate Stephen Natoli discuss the report and its potential impact on wind generation in Australia

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  • Audio: Solar looks bright under current RET

    11 December 2012

    The Climate Change Authority recently released its draft recommendations regarding Australian Renewable Energy Targets. The final report is due to be released before the end of 2012. Partner Anthony Arrow and Senior Associate Stephen Natoli discuss the report and the potential implications for future renewable energy projects

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  • Focus: EU linkage and other carbon pricing scheme amendments

    27 November 2012

    The Federal Parliament has passed legislation to allow Australia's carbon pricing scheme to be linked with the European Union emissions trading scheme from 1 July 2015, and to make significant amendments relating to the treatment of natural gas, the fuel opt-in scheme and the auctioning of carbon units. Partner Grant Anderson and Law Graduate Albert Yu report.

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  • Focus: Senate Select Committee on Electricity prices report released

    21 November 2012

    The Senate Select Committee on Electricity Prices has released its report, which lays out a series of recommendations, findings and comments in relation to rising electricity prices in Australia and the current electricity regulatory framework in the National Electricity Market. Partner Grant Anderson and Law Graduate Albert Yu report.

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  • Audio: Carbon policy in the Asian Century

    2 November 2012

    The Australian Government has released its Australia in the Asian Century White Paper, its blueprint for Australia's greater integration throughout the region and roadmap to becoming a more prosperous and resilient nation. Partner Grant Anderson spoke to BRR Media about the prospects for a carbon market in the Asia region.

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  • Client Update: LNG supplementary assistance

    2 October 2012

    The Federal Government has made regulations for the calculation of the 'top up' assistance, in the form of free carbon units, that is to be given in respect of LNG projects. Partner Grant Anderson reports.

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  • Client Update: Renewed energy in renewable energy

    25 September 2012

    The NSW Government has released a draft renewable energy action plan, which, as it establishes the parameters for all new renewable energy investments in NSW up until 2020, has implications for all stakeholders in the NSW energy market. Partner Andrew Mansour and Senior Associate Joel Sturgeon report on the draft plan which intends to increase the use of energy generated from renewable sources in NSW by reducing investment barriers, building community support, attracting and growing renewable energy expertise, and improving energy efficiency.

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  • Audio: Multiple hurdles for wind farm projects

    5 September 2012

    The future of wind farm development in Australia continues to be a topic of discussion. Partner Anna Collyer spoke to BRR Media about the hurdles facing wind farm projects.

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  • Client Update: Australia's EU carbon price linkage and its consequences

    29 August 2012

    The Federal Government announced yesterday that the Australian and European Union emissions trading markets will be linked from 1 July 2015 and that, to facilitate this, the Government will abandon the carbon floor price and restrict the use of Kyoto emission reduction units under the Australian scheme. Partner Grant Anderson and Law Graduate Albert Yu report.

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  • Focus: Gaseous fuels and carbon pricing

    3 July 2012

    Those involved in the manufacture, importation and use of LPG, LNG or CNG should be aware of recently passed amendments that now bring emissions associated with the combustion of these fuels for non-transport uses within the coverage of the carbon pricing scheme. Partner Grant Anderson and Law Graduate Albert Yu report.

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  • Focus: Planning reviews abound - Part II

    19 June 2012

    Three years after its appointment by the former government, the Coastal Climate Change Advisory Committee's report has been released by the Minister for Planning who simultaneously announced a relaxation of the requirements for the consideration of the impact of sea level rise on developments within existing coastal town boundaries. In the second of our series on reviews that will impact on Victoria's planning schemes, Special Counsel Meg Lee explains the effects of the proposed changes

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  • Client Update: Guidance for providers of financial services for carbon trading

    10 May 2012

    To help carbon market participants transition to the Australian financial services licensing regime, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission has established an early registration system, and has also released updated information on adviser training and financial requirements for those providing financial services in relation to carbon units and other kinds of regulated emissions units. Partner Grant Anderson and Senior Associate Justine Woodford report on these developments

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  • Focus: Financial services licensing of carbon markets participants

    12 April 2012

    Recent amendments to the Corporations Regulations and guidance from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission establish the financial services licensing regime that will apply to carbon permits and derivatives over them from the commencement of the carbon pricing scheme. Partner Grant Anderson and Senior Associates Penelope Barclay and Simon Lewis report

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  • Audio: Durban climate wrap: another new roadmap

    12 December 2011

    The latest round of climate change talks, held in South Africa, resulted in an agreement to extend the Kyoto Protocol and a roadmap to guide future negotiations towards a comprehensive treaty. Lawyer Fergus Green spoke to Boardroom Radio about what the outcome in Durban means for future climate change negotiations and the Australian carbon pricing scheme

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  • Focus: Carbon price scheme becomes law - what to do next

    11 November 2011

    The Federal Parliament has passed legislation to establish an Australian carbon pricing scheme, which will operate initially like a carbon tax, with a fixed (but increasing) carbon permit price, and will then transition into a cap and trade scheme after three years. Partner Grant Anderson and Lawyer Fergus Green report on this historic development

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  • Client Update: Carbon pricing legislation crosses first hurdle

    13 October 2011

    Following the release of the policy package agreed by the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee, together with exposure draft legislation to implement that policy, the introduction of a package of 18 Bills into Parliament, and a report on that legislation by a joint parliamentary committee, the Federal Government's carbon pricing scheme legislation has been passed by the lower House of Parliament. Partner Grant Anderson reports

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  • Audio: Clean Energy Bill passes House of Reps

    12 October 2011

    The House of Representatives today passed key legislation to set up a carbon pricing scheme. Partner Grant Anderson spoke to Boardroom Radio about the next steps for the passage of the legislation and what businesses need to begin doing to meet the legislation's requirements

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  • Client Update: Jobs and Competitiveness Program regulations released

    23 September 2011

    The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency has released exposure draft regulations to establish the assistance program under which free carbon units issued pursuant to the carbon pricing scheme will be provided to emissions-intensive trade-exposed industries. Partner Grant Anderson reports

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  • Focus: Carbon pricing scheme legislation introduced

    16 September 2011

    Following the recent release of both its climate change policy, Securing a clean energy future: The Australian Government's climate change plan, and exposure draft legislation to implement its proposed carbon pricing scheme, the Federal Government has introduced its clean energy legislation package into the House of Representatives. Partner Grant Anderson reports on the principal differences between the exposure draft legislation and the legislation package as introduced into Parliament

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  • Focus: Carbon Farming Initiative legislation passed

    25 August 2011

    The Federal Parliament has passed legislation to implement the Government's previously announced Carbon Farming Initiative, under which landholders may establish land-based carbon abatement and sequestration projects that generate tradeable carbon credits. Partner Grant Anderson and Lawyer Naomi Snyder report

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  • Focus: Who will be liable under the carbon pricing scheme?

    3 August 2011

    The Federal Government has released exposure draft legislation to establish its proposed carbon pricing scheme. Partner Grant Anderson identifies the entities that will be directly liable under the scheme and outlines some of the issues to be considered in structuring a corporate group's carbon liability

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  • Audio: Clean Energy Bill released

    28 July 2011

    The Federal Government has today released a suite of draft legislation designed to set up the proposed carbon price regime. Partner Grant Anderson spoke to Boardroom Radio about the legislative package and the next steps

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  • Focus: Foreign investment implications of the Australian carbon pricing scheme

    25 July 2011

    The Australian Government has released details of its proposed carbon pricing scheme, which will operate initially like a carbon tax with a fixed (but increasing) carbon permit price and will then transition into a cap and trade scheme after three years. This scheme is set to be implemented in legislation that is to be introduced into the Australian Parliament later this year. Partners Grant Anderson and David Wenger report

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  • Client Update: ACCC to police carbon tax

    15 July 2011

    As part of the Federal Government's announcement this week to introduce a carbon pricing scheme (commonly referred to as a 'carbon tax'), a new dedicated 20-person ACCC team will be formed to investigate false and misleading claims by businesses in relation to the impact of the tax on their prices. Partners Fiona Crosbie and David Brewster look at the competition risks for businesses

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  • Focus: Carbon pricing scheme

    12 July 2011

    The Federal Government has released details of its proposed carbon pricing scheme, which will operate initially like a carbon tax with a fixed (but increasing) carbon permit price and will then transition into a cap and trade scheme after three years. This scheme is the result of negotiations within the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee and is set to be implemented in legislation that is to be introduced into Parliament later this year. Partner Grant Anderson and Lawyer Fergus Green report.

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  • Audio: Carbon Tax details released

    10 July 2011

    The Federal Government has released the framework for its carbon tax scheme. Grant Anderson speaks to Boardroom Radio about the scheme and what businesses should be doing now to prepare for it

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  • Audio: GST outlook for carbon pricing

    8 June 2011

    The Federal Government's proposed carbon tax scheme will have GST implications for major emitters and businesses that receive government assistance. Partner Ross Stitt speaks to Boardroom Radio about the implications arising out of emissions permits and assistance for emissions-intensive trade-exposed industries

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  • Focus: Garnaut releases Final Report on carbon price scheme

    3 June 2011

    The Federal Government's key climate change adviser, Professor Ross Garnaut, has released the Final Report of his updated advice on the design of a new carbon price scheme. It provides new and more detailed recommendations on governance and compensation arrangements for the scheme, but also raises difficult questions about how the scheme will switch from a rising fixed carbon price to a full cap-and-trade scheme. Partner Grant Anderson and Lawyer Fergus Green report

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  • Audio: Renewables get minimal funding in budget

    11 May 2011

    The Federal Government announced a range of changes to renewable energy programs in last night's Federal Budget. Partner Grant Anderson speaks to Boardroom Radio about these changes and how this will affect the renewables sector in Australia

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  • Focus: Not-so-dramatic SENEs - Draft Rule on scale efficient network extensions issued

    6 May 2011

    The Australian Energy Market Commission recently issued a Draft Rule and Draft Rule Determination on scale efficient network extensions. While the purpose of this was to facilitate more efficiently the connection of renewable and lower-emissions energy sources to the electricity grid, the adopted solution is considerably more conservative than the one the Ministerial Council on Energy originally proposed. Partner Anna Collyer and Lawyer Fergus Green report.

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  • Focus: Taxing the price of carbon

    20 April 2011

    The Federal Government's proposed carbon pricing scheme may commence as early as July 2012. Many significant aspects of the scheme, including the relevant tax mechanisms, are yet to be settled. Partner Martin Fry comments on some key tax implications for affected companies.

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  • Focus: Garnaut update papers

    31 March 2011

    The Federal Government's expert climate change adviser, Professor Ross Garnaut, has now released the last of his papers updating his 2008 climate change review. Partner Grant Anderson reports on the principal findings and recommendations of the update papers, which will be influential in the development of the Government's carbon pricing mechanism

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