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Australia’s climate change strategies

We manage and deliver policies and programs to help Australia respond to climate change.

Our department is working to reduce emissions by:

  • investing in new technologies that will lower emissions and support jobs and growth
  • developing and coordinating low emissions technology policies and regulations
  • supporting businesses and industries to innovate and adopt smarter practices and technologies
  • encouraging businesses and consumers to reduce emissions
  • regulating and reporting on greenhouse gas emissions
  • helping the land and agriculture sector reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • forming new international partnerships to advance and reduce low emissions technology costs
  • working with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to negotiate and meet Australia’s obligations under the Paris Agreement.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is responsible for delivering climate change adaptation, and climate science policy and programs.

Technology-led approach to emissions reduction

The Australian Government is reducing Australia’s emissions by investing in low emissions technologies. This will make low emissions technologies cheaper, and more widely available, so they become the smart choice for businesses and consumers.

Low emissions technologies will underpin Australia’s Long-term Emissions Reduction Strategy. Australia will take this strategy to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).

The Technology Investment Roadmap will play an important part in our long-term strategy to reduce emissions. Our annual Low Emissions Technology Statements identify priorities for government and private sector investments to help drive down the cost of critical low emissions technologies.

Under this technology-led approach, we are working with researchers and the private sector to:

International low emissions technology partnerships                                                                 

Led by Dr Alan Finkel, the Office of the Special Adviser to the Australian Government on Low Emissions Technology supports and promotes the government’s technology-led approach.

Australia is co-funding low emissions technology research and demonstration projects through strategic international partnerships. We are working with key trading partners including:

  • the United Kingdom, to commercialise and scale low emissions technologies
  • Germany, to develop a hydrogen industry under the Hydrogen Accord
  • Japan, to decarbonise through technology and support clean energy in the Indo-Pacific region
  • Singapore, to deploy low emissions fuels and technologies in maritime operations.

Emissions reduction incentives

We encourage businesses, industries and consumers to reduce their emissions through a number of programs and initiatives.

Regulating emissions

Australia’s long-term strategy and domestic actions are underpinned by rigorous emissions monitoring and accountability systems.

The government is also developing a regulatory framework for offshore electricity infrastructure projects, including offshore wind and Marinuslink.

Reporting on emissions

Australia has made commitments to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and track progress towards those commitments. We report each year on Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Find out how we track and report greenhouse gas emissions.

Find out how we project Australia’s future greenhouse gas emissions

Our climate change agencies 

We work with our portfolio agencies and organisations on climate change initiatives: 

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Last updated: 8 October 2021

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