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Productivity Commission inquiries into low-emissions economy

In a positive move towards determining the opportunity for domestic carbon mitigation the Government has tasked the Productivity Commission to find recommendations on how the country can lower net emissions.

The focus of the report will be on how to manage a transition to a lower net-emissions economy, while maintaining or improving incomes and wellbeing. The commission is to look at economic solutions on how to achieve the set emissions targets.

The terms of reference have been compiled by the commission, the Ministry of Finance and Treasury. That states the emissions inquiry should consider the implications of a changing climate to inform different economic pathways the Government should consider.

The inquiry should examine the current economic patterns and how these are already contributing to emissions. It will then determine the timeframes and costs of how the country's economy may need to evolve, as well as the strategies and practices the Government could adopt to achieve change.

The Commission’s work programme includes an Issues Paper which was released on 9 August 2017 and Draft Report issued on 27 April 2018 and a final report by the end of August 2018.

Click link below to view the Association’ submission on the Issues Paper:

Click link below to view the Association’s submission on the Draft Report: