The centrepiece of the Government's Direct Action climate policy is the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). Key features of the ERF include:
- Incentives are payable for emissions reduction activities which come from the Government's consolidated revenues
- The Fund uses the existing National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) scheme to measure overall company carbon emissions
- Under the ERF, businesses that reduce their emissions below their baseline will be able to sell their CO2 emissions reduction to the Government
- A reverse auction operates to purchase abatement at the lowest cost per tonne.
An overview of the Coalition’s Direct Action planIssued: April 2014
The ‘Direct Action plan’ was prepared for the 2010 Federal election to outline the broad principles that a Coalition Government would follow in the development of programs to reduce Australia’s CO2 emissions by 5% by 2020. At the centre of the Plan is the Emissions Reduction Fund that allows industry to sell carbon abatement back to the Government.