Given the current uncertainty surrounding "green
papers" and "white papers" we thought that it would
be useful to compile a general summary of the key dates surrounding
the implementation of the Australian emissions trading scheme as
set out in the table below1.
Release of the green paper
Report of the Strategic Review of Climate Change Policies
('Wilkins Review') delivered to the Australian
Submissions on green paper close
Final report of Garnaut Climate Change Review delivered to
Australian governments. Public release of the details of the
expanded Renewable Energy Target
Treasury modelling expected to be released
Public release of draft laws on emissions trading & medium
term target range (white paper). National registry operational with
Kyoto Protocol functions and connected to International Transaction
End of consultation period on exposure draft of legislative
Bill to enact scheme introduced into Parliament
Testing of auction design expected to commence
Report on streamlining existing climate change mitigation
measures presented to the Council of Australian Governments
Act establishing scheme in force & public consultation on
scheme regulations commence
National registry operational with Carbon Pollution Reduction
Scheme regulations and other legislative instruments
First auction of permits
Start of first compliance year under the scheme
End of first compliance year under the scheme
Deadline for liable entities to submit emissions reports through
National Greenhouse and Energy Report System
Mid – late December
Deadline for surrender of eligible compliance permits for first
End of first commitment period under Kyoto Protocol
Possible inclusion of agriculture in the scheme
First scheduled public strategic review by independent expert
1 Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, Green Paper
– July 2008, Commonwealth of Australia at
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