Australia is well-placed to meet the challenges and be a leader in capturing the opportunities in effective climate change mitigation and adaptation.
But this will need strong leadership from government and active participation by industry.
Australia’s mitigation and adaptation efforts will be strongly enhanced by the timely adoption and further advancement of science and technology innovations, supported by government policy settings that encourage investment in technologies already available.
These are key elements of a Position Statement on Australia’s response to climate change issued by the Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).
ATSE says mitigation efforts must increase to avoid the significant dangers posed by an accelerating and irreversible global warming.
The innovation required for effective climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts offers immense opportunities for the creation of social, economic and environmental benefit, ATSE says, noting the need for a cross-sectoral roadmap to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
ATSE has identified four key underpinning principles:
- Adopt long-term bipartisan policies and programs that encourage the actions and investments needed to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change;
- Inform and test mitigation and adaptation responses, using leading edge climate modelling and prediction techniques (which should be enhanced in areas where Australia has recognised leadership or unique needs);
- Increase support for low emissions technology research, development and demonstration, prioritising areas where Australia has recognised leadership or unique needs; and
- Support Australian participation in cooperative international programs focused on developing solutions to climate change.