So, Australia had wangled a sweet deal at Kyoto in December 1997 – a 108% emissions ‘reduction’ target AND a giant loophole clause on land-clearing. They’d signed it in April of 1998, but later that year it emerged that the Cabinet had decided it wouldn’t ratify unless Uncle Sam did. At this point (May 2000) it wasn’t entirely clear what would happen. In any case, the whole idea of emissions trading was on the rise, and David Buckingham, a bureaucrat who had been head-hunted first by the Minerals Council and then had switched to the Business Council gave a speech –
Buckinhgham, D. 2000. Strategic Greenhouse Issues for Australia. Business Council of Australia
– which suggested a voluntary domestic emissions trading scheme might be a goer, as a learning by doing exercise.
On the same day, Environment Minister gave a speech on ‘the role of Australian business in combatting global warming’-
Hill R. 2000. Warming to the Challenge; The Role of Australian Business in Combatting Global warming. Address to the World Business Council on Sustainable Development and the Australian Business Council Forum, Melbourne, 5 May.
What happened next? Hill lost his bid to get carbon trading through cabinet in August of the same year, defeated by Nick Minchin. The BCA said nope to emissions trading, and to a ‘greenhouse trigger’ in the EPBC Act, and fought itself to a standstill over Kyoto Ratification in 2002/3… So it goes…
Also on this day
1973 AMIC advert for an environmental policy officer in Canberra Times (nothing in their newsletters etc about climate change – I looked)
1990 Australian Coal Association conference dominated by environmental issues
1990 Australian Coal Association conference dominated by environmental i