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Australian Investors Demand Further Climate Reforms

The Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) has outlined “high priority policies“ needed to “unlock capital” for Australia’s net zero transition. The Australian Climate Change Act, which introduced numerous policies to address climate change, but the IGCC says need further action is needed to drive investments. The IGCC said additional policy priorities over the next three years  include aligning national emissions targets to 1.5°C warming limits, which implies a 2035 target of 75% reduction and establishing sector-by-sector goals to 2050 to guide policy and investment. Additionally, the government should aim to ensure the country’s current carbon pricing tool is aligned with 1.5°C and establish a National Transition Authority to support a just and orderly transition to net zero. It should also look to unlock private sector investment in adaptation and include climate risk in all relevant planning, land use rules, and direct investment policies. Rebecca Mikula Wright, IGCC’s CEO, said: “Many governments, businesses and investors have already committed to achieving net zero emissions. The biggest barrier to reaching these goals remains lack of stable policy that supports investment in zero carbon technologies, goods, and services. Governments can’t finance this transformation itself, but they can set policies that will unlock billions in private investment.”

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