Matt Kean appointed chair of CCA

Matt Kean appointed chair of CCA

Kean Chair

Matt Kean, the former NSW Treasurer and Energy Minister, has been appointed as the new chair of the Climate Change Authority. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced the appointment, describing Kean as “uniquely qualified” for the role. Kean stated that he will uphold the authority’s tradition of providing independent advice to the government based on facts, science, evidence, engineering, and economics.

He emphasized that an effective transition could reduce electricity costs, protect the environment, and bolster the economy. The Climate Change Authority, established by the Gillard Labor government, is an independent statutory body that provides expert advice to the federal government on climate change policy. It aims to help the government adopt evidence-based strategies to address the global challenge effectively and plays a crucial role in setting Australia’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

The federal climate change minister is required to justify in writing to the parliament if they reject any part of the authority’s advice or recommended targets.

Chair appointment at Climate Change Authority

The authority also conducts regular reviews of climate-related legislation, independent research, and analysis.

Kean will take over as chair in early August after the current chair steps down. The authority comprises 65 staff members and has annual funding of around A$14 million, with a significant increase in funding under the Labor government. The authority has three significant tasks this year: reviewing policies supporting Australia’s goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 across six sectors, recommending a 2035 emissions reduction target, and delivering the third annual progress advice report.

Australia faces significant challenges and opportunities in addressing climate change. The Climate Change Authority, under Matt Kean’s leadership, aims to help Australia capitalize on its renewable resources to transition to a low-emissions economy. This includes ensuring that new policies are effective and that Australia meets its global commitments.

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