A new fast lane or just a roadblock? Mitigating road transport GHG emissions under Australia’s Emissions Reduction Fund

Prafula Pearce, Vanessa Lea Johnston

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    In November 2014 the Australian Government established the Emissions
    Reduction Fund (ERF) as its Direct Action Plan policy to reduce greenhouse
    gas (GHG) emissions to meet Australia’s commitment to the United Nations
    Framework Convention on Climate Change. This article examines how the
    ERF is expected to apply to road transport entities specifically, on the premise
    that this sector makes a substantial and growing contribution to Australia’s
    GHG emissions. More specifically, it identifies problems and pitfalls of using
    the ERF as the flagship mechanism to encourage mitigation of GHG
    emissions from road transport, which arise from both scheme design and the
    characteristics of entities in this sector. This article argues that the ERF is
    unlikely to encourage substantial mitigation of GHG emissions from Australia’s
    road transport sector, and identifies other measures that could be used in
    Australia for this purpose.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)181 - 202
    Number of pages22
    JournalEnvironmental and Planning Law Journal
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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