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The Australian Government will reach its emissions reduction target through its Direct Action Plan to efficiently and effectively source low cost emissions reductions and improve Australia’s environment. This will be done primarily through our Emissions Reduction Fund.
Emissions Reduction Fund
The Emissions Reduction Fund is the centrepiece of the Government’s climate action policy. It will work with other incentives under the Clean Air Plan to help meet Australia’s target of reducing emissions by five per cent below 2000 levels by 2020.
Repealing the Carbon Tax
The Australian Government will abolish the carbon tax from 1 July 2014. This will lower costs for Australian businesses and ease cost of living pressures for households.
Twenty Million Trees
Twenty Million Trees will be planted by 2020 in a programme that will commence mid-2014. The Twenty Million Trees Fund will help green our urban and regional areas and create new green corridors, while making a contribution to meeting Australia's target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by five per cent below 2000 levels by 2020.
Click on the heading below to find out more about initiatives under the Direct Action Plan.
One Million Solar Roofs
The One Million Solar Roofs Programme will provide $500 rebates to support the installation of one million rooftop solar energy systems over 10 years.
Priority will be given to low-income households and solar water heaters. A Community Solar Programme will allow not-for-profit and Indigenous communities to receive up to 10 per cent of the available rebates.
Solar Towns and Solar Schools
Under the Solar Towns and Solar Schools programmes, $50 million will be allocated for at least 25 Solar Towns and a further $50 million for 100 schools.
The projects will be developed over six years.
- National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
- Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit
- Global Rainforest Recovery Agreement
Australia’s National Greenhouse Accounts are made up of a series of comprehensive reports and databases that estimate, and account for, Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.