"The Morrison government’s recent plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 has
been widely criticised by scientists, environmental organisations, journalists,
politicians and more.
Critics say the plan fails to deliver on its ambitions, including weaknesses in
cuts to fossil fuel extraction and an absence of legislation to drive reforms.
But does it deserve such widespread condemnation?
Released just days before the international climate change summit in Glasgow,
the plan sees Australia adopt a target of net-zero emissions by 2050, with a
focus on technological solutions and only voluntary efforts by emissions-heavy
sectors such as manufacturing and mining.
We can evaluate the plan’s sincerity through a lens of good practice policy
making. In my recently published paper, I developed a policy evaluation
framework, based on an extensive review of past national environment and
sustainability policies over the last 30 years. This includes in national
water, forest, biodiversity, fisheries and land use policies.
Good practice policy making is more likely to achieve tangible outcomes than
bad policy processes. So how does the government’s net-zero plan rate?
If we assess the plan against six high-level policy design criteria, we can
understand why the plan, as a document, is superficial and will fail to deliver
on the emission reductions outcomes it promises."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics