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  • 18 Aug 2014 3:04 PM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)

    Any change to the Renewable Energy Target (RET) would put billions of dollars of renewable energy investment at risk and reduce the superannuation returns of millions of Australians, said the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC). IGCC was responding to conflicting media reports today about the Government’s position on the RET.

    “The prospect of the Government weakening the RET continues to stun investors because investments were made with the expectation of continued bi-partisan support for the policy,” said Nathan Fabian, IGCC Chief Executive.

    “Renewable energy investments with long-term horizons of over twenty years were undertaken on the basis that the RET was here to stay,” Mr. Fabian said.

  • 17 Jul 2014 1:40 PM | Andrew Cox (Administrator)

    Today’s repeal of the carbon price is a blow to Australia's investment environment and the country’s economic prospects, said the Investor Group on Climate Change.

    The repeal introduces a new phase of uncertainty for investors, with no central emissions reduction framework in place. The policy vacuum created by the carbon price repeal cannot be filled by a government subsidy based abatement scheme as is proposed by the Federal Government.

    "Without a carbon price and a cap on emissions, companies may mis-price emissions risks and invest too much in emissions intensive activities,” said Nathan Fabian, IGCC Chief Executive.

  • 27 Jun 2014 1:03 PM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)

    Emissions trading is an appropriate policy for Australia and all efforts must be made to ensure that Australia’s underlying carbon pricing framework is maintained, said the Investor Group on Climate Change today.

    Removing Australia’s low cost emissions trading scheme would harm Australia’s economic prospects, said Nathan Fabian, IGCC Chief Executive.

    The simple fact is that Australia must reduce emissions. It should do so at least cost and an emissions trading scheme (ETS) with a floating price provides an effective mechanism to do so.

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  • 24 Jun 2014 7:10 PM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)

    Evidence of international progress on climate change continues to grow and Australia’s Parliament should take account of that progress before voting on carbon pricing, said Nathan Fabian, Chief Executive of the IGCC.


    The United States, China, United Kingdom and European Union have all announced more ambitious climate change initiatives in recent weeks. These announcements build on existing carbon pricing schemes in the EU, China, California and many jurisdictions around the world.

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  • 16 Apr 2014 4:23 PM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)
    For the first time overnight the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) produced a detailed chapter on climate finance, finding that by redirecting investment flows from emissions intensive to low carbon sources, global warming could still be limited to 2°C the IGCC said today.

    “Reaching the $1 trillion of low carbon investment needed globally each year to stabilize the climate is definitely achievable,” said Nathan Fabian, Chief Executive of the IGCC.

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  • 07 Mar 2014 3:52 PM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)

    Emissions from Australia’s largest emitting companies fell 7% on average in the first year of the carbon price, IGCC analysis of new government data shows.

    According to new official data from the Clean Energy Regulator, carbon emissions from Australia’s largest 350 corporate emitters fell from 342 million tonnes in 2011-12 to 321 million tonnes of CO2e in2012-13.

    The carbon price applies to around 350 companies with emissions above 25,000 tonnes of emissions per year. Australia’s largest corporate emitters include large electricity generators like AGL Energyand Origin Energy, resources and energy companies like BHP Billiton, Santos, Peabody Energy andWoodside Petroleum and airlines like Qantas.

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  • 27 Feb 2014 5:46 PM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)

    The Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) welcomes today’s Climate Change Authority (CCA) report but warns that it signals a future policy shock on climate ambition.

    “In recommending a target range of 40% to 60% reductions by 2030, the CCA is showing the real abatement task facing Australia,” said Nathan Fabian, Chief Executive of the IGCC.

    “Unfortunately the CCA report is also showing that a future climate policy shock is becoming more likely."

    Moving from a 5% reduction by 2020 to a 40% - 60% cut by 2030 would be a significant and costly transition for Australia, especially if international abatement becomes more expensive.

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  • 21 Jan 2014 1:00 PM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)
    This statement by IIGCC, INCR and IGCC follows our 2012 publication, Controlling methane emissions in the oil and gas sector and was made in support of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Oil and Gas Partnership.

  • 13 Nov 2013 9:00 PM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)
    The Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) today said that investors needed a climate policy framework that could stand the test of time and that repealing the carbon price without a clear alternative policy would only create uncertainty.

    “We should not pretend that repealing the carbon price before an alternative climate policy framework is resolved would provide certainty to business or investors, Mr. Frank Pegan, Chair of the IGCC said.

    The Government’s soon to be released Direct Action policy should be examined and compared to carbon pricing to ensure that it could provide a lasting policy framework. Such an examination is in the interest of all those seeking an efficient, effective and lasting climate change policy outcome inAustralia.

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  • 30 Oct 2013 4:30 PM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)
    The Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) welcomes the Climate Change Authority Caps and Targets Review draft report for its pragmatic assessment of the emissions reduction task facing Australia.

    The report reflects analysis by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, International Energy Agency, World Bank and OECD that the forecast 2050 global emissions budget to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius is running out and that national policy responses should reflect this budget situation.

    The report also demonstrates that other nations are moving steadily forwards on emissions reduction targets and climate policies.

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