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PUBLICATIONID : 50646
PUBLICATIONTYPE : 1
TYPE : Article
TITLE : An evaluation of the targets and timetables of proposed Australian emissions reduction policies
ORIG_TITLE : An evaluation of the targets and timetables of proposed Australian emissions reduction policies
AUTHOR : Pielke, RA
FIRST_AUTHOR : Pielke, RA
AUTHOR_COUNT : 1
ADDRESS : Univ Colorado, Ctr Sci & Technol Policy Res, Boulder, CO 80309 USA
PUBLISHER : ELSEVIER SCI LTD
FIRSTAUTHOREMPLOYER : 1
ABBREV_JOURNAL : Environ. Sci. Policy
BEGINPAGE : 20
ENDPAGE : 27
VOLUME : 14
ISSUE : 1
PUBLISH_DATE : JAN
YEAR : 2011
URL : http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/admin/publication_files/2010.36.pdf
REFEREED : 1
RESOURCE : WOS:000286964200003
CITATION : 4
DEPT : CSTPR
LAST_UPDATED : 2017-02-21 11:51:46
ISSN : 1462-9011
IDS : 716JF
DOI : 10.1016/j.envsci.2010.10.008
ABSTRACT : This paper evaluates Australia's proposed emissions reduction policies in terms of the implied rates of decarbonization of the Australian economy for a range of proposed emissions reduction targets. The paper uses the Kaya Identity to structure the evaluation, employing both a bottom-up approach (based on projections of future Australian population, economic growth, and technology) as well as a top-down approach (deriving implied rates of decarbonization consistent with the targets and various rates of economic growth). Both approaches indicate that the Australian economy would have to achieve annual rates of decarbonization of 3.8-5.9% to meet a 2020 target of reducing emissions by 5%, 15% or 25% below 2000 levels, and about 5% to meet a 2050 target of a 60% reduction below 2000 levels. The paper argues that proposed Australian carbon policy proposals present emissions reduction targets that will be all but impossible to meet without creative approaches to accounting as they would require a level of effort equivalent to the deployment of dozens of new nuclear power plants or thousands of new solar thermal plants within the next decade. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
KEYWORDS : Climate policy; Australia; Emissions reductions; Decarbonization; Energy policy; Emissions trading
AREA : Environmental Sciences & Ecology
FIRST_AUTHOR_EMAIL : pielke@colorado.edu
PUBLICATION : ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & POLICY
PLACE : OXFORD
LANGUAGE : English
SERIAL : 50646
PAGES : 20-27
SERIES_VOLUME_NUMERIC : 1
ONLINE_PUBLICATION : no
VERSION : 1
FIRST_AUTHOR_ADDRESS : Pielke, RA (reprint author), Univ Colorado, Ctr Sci & Technol Policy Res, 1333 Grandview Ave,UCB 488, Boulder, CO 80309 USA.
AUTHOR_OTHER_FORM : Pielke, Roger A., Jr.
REFERENCES_NUM : 23
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