Visiting talk: "Australia's climate policy and energy transition: a rollercoaster ride"

Frank Jotzo from Australian National University (ANU) visits MCC

Brigitte Knopf, Andreas Löschel, Frank Jotzo (l. to r.), Foto: MCC


We kindly invite you to join the talk by Frank Jotzo, Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Crawford School and Director of the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy at ANU, on "Australia's climate policy and energy transition: a rollercoaster ride" (please find below a short abstract). His input will be discussed by Andreas Löschel, who holds a chair for Energy and Resource Economics at the University of Münster (WWM) and is Director of the Centre of Applied Economic Research Münster (CAWM).


Date: Wednesday, 25.11.2015

Time: 15.00-16.00

Location: conference room/MCC


Please register by e-mail to event(at) if you would like to attend the talk.



Australia’s climate change policy has been through radical changes, with governments strongly committed to climate action followed by another which abolished carbon pricing and dismantled other aspects of climate policy. Under the present government it is expected that Australia will display a forward looking stance on climate policy. Australia’s 2030 emissions target will require significant effort. Australia has an inherent interest in strong global climate change action but also a large coal endowment. It is also blessed with practically unlimited low-cost potential for renewable energy. The challenge is how to facilitate the transition from the energy and carbon intensive structures of the past. Transition from coal to renewables for power supply is getting underway, and there is also great potential for improved energy efficiency throughout the economy. Questions of economic policy and regulatory reform loom large. Insights from Germany’s energy transition are relevant, and aspects of Australia’s coming energy transition could be interesting to Germany.