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“This is an emergency and for emergency situations we need emergency action.” U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, 12 November 2007

The Australian Safe Climate Transition Plan

  • Download (PDF, 4 pages)  Summary: The Australian Safe Climate Transition Plan Strategic Framework
  • Download (PDF, 77 pages) The Australian Safe Climate Transition Plan Strategic Framework (Draft)

The Australian Safe Climate Transition Plan is a whole-of-society plan for transitioning to a net zero-carbon economy at emergency speed and in a way consistent with the safety of people and species, as well as for implementing large-scale sequestration of existing atmospheric carbon pollution.

The plan will cover all major sectors of the Australian economy, including energy, transport, agriculture and forestry, industry, the built environment and community services. The plan will be developed with the intention of protecting and enhancing the key economic, social and environmental parameters of Australian society, including the maintenance of a high standard of living, security of energy and food supply, access to mobility and comfort and well-being for all citizens.

Development of the plan will be informed by identification of the most promising policy and research initiatives from Australian and international sources of innovation and expertise. Research and policy development projects will be commissioned to fill key knowledge gaps.

The project will be non-partisan and transparent to the government, community and corporate sector, and regularly and effectively communicate its work. The transition project will build a constructive and positive interface with all levels of government, which will also be briefed on the project’s progress and outcomes which may be appropriate in preparing for changes of mode in response to the climate emergency.

The plan will identify:

  • Key economic, social, environmental and technological policy priorities including outcome, input and output targets and milestones;
  • Economic, social and environmental costs and benefits of the most appropriate strategies for transitioning Australia to a zero-carbon economy and of implementing large-scale sequestration of existing atmospheric carbon;
  • Expected contribution of key initiatives to reduce atmospheric carbon;
  • Labour market and infrastructure requirements;
  • Investment requirements and mechanisms for sourcing capital;
  • Complimentary social and just transition programmes;
  • Implementation mechanisms and processes;
  • Ways of addressing the social, psychological, organisational and political obstacles to implementation of the Transition Plan.

The plan will cover:

  • Transition of production and consumption systems. This will include strategies for reducing embodied carbon in all aspects of production and supply chains; energy use and efficiency; waste and materials; renewable generation technologies and other low- emission generation options; electricity transmission and distribution including intelligent grid systems; and distributed food, water and energy systems
  • Transition of the financial, investment, industry and labour market systems including options for full-cost pricing of carbon, mobilising and allocating capital, taxation and income security policies, industry and structural adjustment policies, and labour market policies.
  • Potential contribution of new technologies and practices including direct atmospheric carbon sequestration, biomass and biochar sequestration and geo-engineering.
  • Transition of socio-cultural systems including historical examination of social transformations and lessons learned, appropriateness of existing institutional frameworks and processes, and models of engagement and behavioural change.