The inaugural meeting of the Council of Australian Government (COAG) Select Council on Climate Change (SCCC) was held on Friday, 4 May 2012, in Canberra.
The meeting was chaired by the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, and attended by energy, environment and climate change Ministers from the states and territories and New Zealand.
The members welcomed the establishment of the SCCC to support an effective response on climate change policy issues with national implications and as a forum to engage on implementation of climate change measures.
The SCCC agreements include:
- endorsement of the governance arrangements and proposed work plans for the SCCC;
- working with the cross-jurisdictional taskforce established following the COAG meeting of 13 April 2012 to develop advice to COAG on how to fast track a rationalisation of programs that are not complementary to a carbon price or are ineffective, inefficient or impose duplicative reporting requirements;
- reaffirmed commitment to the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Scheme and agreement to seek Cabinet decisions on the GEMS Intergovernmental Agreement as a matter of urgency;
- seven national priorities for collaborative action on climate change adaptation, and that the Adaptation Working Group would develop work plans for these priorities;
- agreement to the release of the Roles and Responsibilities for Climate Change Adaptation in Australia document for community discussion;
- that coastal adaptation remains a high national adaptation priority and a new coastal adaptation work plan will be developed; and
- that the final report of the COAG Review of Specific Renewable Energy Target (RET) Issues be provided by the SCCC to the Climate Change Authority (CCA) as input into the statutory review of the RET to be undertaken by the CCA in the second half of 2012; and that the report be conveyed to COAG.
The SCCC will be working to address adaptation, in addition to mitigation. To access the communiqué from the meeting, click here.