The Climate Institute to close, handing baton to The Australia Institute


The Climate Institute to close, handing baton to The Australia Institute.

The Climate Institute, which was established with a funding bequest in 2005 as Australia's first non-government organisation focused on climate change, will close on June 30, transferring its remaining funds and intellectual property to The Australia Fund.

The decision to close the Institute was made in March this year when the board announced that it had been unable to attract adequate continuing funding.

The Climate and Energy Program at The Australia Institute will also house the recently launched National Energy Emissions Audit.

Over the past 12 years, The Climate Institute has conducted leading research and been an advocate for evidence-based climate policy.

Chair of the TCI Board, Mark Wootton said he was disappointed that some in Government “prefer to treat what should be a risk management issue as a proxy for political and ideological battles. They are increasingly isolated as the costs of inaction mount and the opportunities and benefits of action become ever clearer,”

“TCI is often described as a trusted broker and critical friend, and we are proud of the way it has built understanding and consensus among a wide variety of stakeholders on such a complex, challenging and important issue,” he said.

Through its Climate of the Nation series, TCI has also conducted what is now the longest trend survey of the attitudes of Australians to climate change and its solutions.

John Connor, the former CEO of The Climate Institute, has taken up his new position with Baker McKenzie, heading up the Fijian Government’s COP 23 Secretariat which has been established for the purpose of Fiji’s Presidency of the 23rd Convention of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Climate Institute's achievements over the past few months include:

  • Demonstrating the extent of public support for the Paris Agreement on climate change, with a joint statement from the business, social and environment groups that comprise the Australian Climate Roundtable, and national polling that revealed 87% of Australians do not want Australia to copy the USA’s withdrawal from the Agreement and 61% want us to work harder with other countries to achieve the Agreement’s goals.

  • Educating business and government about how leading companies are already factoring in the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting temperatures to “well below” 2 degrees C, and showing how companies also need to account for the Agreement’s stretch goal of 1.5 degrees C. Appearing at the Senate inquiry into disclosure of carbon risk. Formally advising key statutory authorities on the financial implications of climate change.

  • Showing that the key to lowering electricity prices is stable climate policy that enables investment in the transition to clean energy, and that a long-term emissions target consistent with the Paris Agreement is necessary and supported by major power companies.

More information about the work of The Climate Institute is here

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