Energy & Carbon Policy

Electricity generation contributes around one third of Australia's total emissions, so has a critical role in meeting emissions reductions targets.

Energy and Carbon

Successful integration of climate and energy policy will be crucial to meeting Australia's climate change goals at least cost to the community.

The Energy Council is developing new platforms to ensure policies on energy and climate change are assessed to maximise their benefit and avoid any unintended effects for prices and the energy market.

In October 2017 the Energy Security Board provided the COAG Energy Council with advice on changes to the National Electricity Market (NEM) and legislative framework. The proposed National Energy Guarantee aims to support the provision of reliable, secure and affordable electricity with a focus on ensuring:

  • the reliability of the system is maintained

  • electricity sector emissions reductions needed to meet Australia’s international commitments are achieved

  • the above objectives are met at the lowest overall costs.

Energy Productivity

The National Energy Productivity Plan (NEPP) is designed to increase the value we get from our investment in energy. It's an effective way to lower emissions and reduce costs, while improving our competitiveness and growing the economy and jobs.