2016 Election


Australia’s major parties have pledged climate action.
Here are their climate policy platforms.

The Coalition has committed to continue its current suite of climate policies that constitute the Direct Action Plan, formed in 2010, and currently in effect under the Turnbull Coalition Government. The Coalition will take this policy platform into the 2016 Federal Election.

Under The Direct Action Plan, the Coalition has pledged to do the following:

View the Coalition’s Direct Action Plan
The Australian Labor Party has announced the climate policy platform that it will take forward to the 2016 election.

The Labor Party policy platform includes a pledge to do the following:

  • Reduce emissions by 5% on 2000 levels by 2020.
  • Achieve a 45% drop in carbon emissions on 2005 levels by 2030.
  • Set up a two stage ETS – to reinvigorate the Carbon Farming Initiative and develop a separate emissions trading scheme for the electricity sector, with both schemes operating over two phases from 2018 – 2020, and post-2020.
  • Achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
  • Reach a renewable energy target of 50% renewable energy by 2030, meaning that approximately 113,000 GWh of Australia’s electricity generation will be from renewable sources.
  • Double Australia’s energy productivity by 2030
  • Introduce new emissions standards for motor vehicles in transport sector.
  • Expand the investment mandate of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
  • Provide $206.6m in grant funding to ARENA.
  • Establish a Community Power Network and Regional Hubs.
View Labor’s Climate Change Action Plan
The Australian Greens Party has announced the climate policy platform that it will take to the 2016 election.

The Greens policy platform includes a pledge to do the following:

  • Reach net-zero or net-negative emissions within a generation.
  • Create a leading role for Australia in the negotiation of a multilateral emission abatement treaty.
  • Set out binding (annual) national emissions targets to 2050, with reduction strategies covering all sectors.
  • Introduce a range of market based and regulatory mechanisms, including a price on carbon.
  • Enact a “low greenhouse trigger” in the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC).]
  • Create a national system of energy efficiency targets and performance standards for products, buildings and infrastructure.
  • Move to 100% renewable energy as soon as possible.
  • Exclude new large-scale hydroelectric power stations from the Renewable Energy Target
  • Reform the electricity market with the Australian Energy Market Operator to be established as a single, independent planning agency.
  • No new coal-fired power stations or coal mines.
  • Guaranteed funding for the CEFC from $10 billion over five years to $30 billion over ten.
  • Require corporations to in include in annual reports the greenhouse gas emissions of fossil fuel exports.
View the Green’s Climate Change & Energy Policy

View the latest climate leadership keynotes from CMI’s 3rd Australian Emissions Reduction Summit

Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Environment from Carbon Market Institute on Vimeo.

Hon Mark Butler MP, Shadow Minister for Environment, Climate Change & Water from Carbon Market Institute on Vimeo.