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Net zero foundations: Impact report 2023

As Climateworks Centre enters its 15th year of operations, we are proud to share the past year’s annual impact report, showing how we are building on the momentum and successes of our systems approach to climate mitigation.

Submission on the Agriculture and Land Sectoral Plan to the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

The Australian Government is developing an Agriculture and Land Sectoral Plan to describe how Australia can reach its net zero by 2050 goal.


Submission on the Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCU) Scheme to the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

The Australian Government is seeking feedback on how to implement recommendations about improving transparency of the Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCU) Scheme. 


Sea of opportunity: Ocean-based mitigation to support Indonesia’s climate ambition

There is an urgent and recognised need to take action in order to limit the global mean surface temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.


Nature and climate: Measuring natural capital in Australia

Globally, the race is on to reduce emissions and protect ecosystems – as limiting warming to 1.5C is only possible by doing both.


Natural Capital Measurement Catalogue

The Natural Capital Measurement Catalogue version 1.0 is available at naturalcapitalmeasurement.org Version 1 of the Natural Capital Measurement Catalogue (NCMC)  is an open resource that presents metrics and methods for the measurement of natural capital assets, flows of services or benefits, and organisational impacts or dependencies on nature.


Sea of opportunity: The role of ocean mitigation in Indonesia’s decarbonisation

Ocean-based climate mitigation could provide up to one-quarter of the emissions reductions needed to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.


Submission to the Climate Change Authority’s consultation on setting, tracking and achieving Australia’s emissions reduction targets

Australia has major opportunities in a net zero global economy from its renewable energy and mineral resources. However, Australia’s current high emissions intensity means that there are many challenges to transform the economy and reach net zero emissions.


The role of regenerative agriculture in sustainable land use

Agriculture is a key export industry for Australia, the heart of many rural communities, and a significant source of employment.  But covering more than half of Australia’s land mass, agriculture is also the main cause of human-induced land clearing and a driver of land degradation – and accounts for 16 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.


Taking on transition: Impact report 2022

Anna Skarbek, CEO of Climateworks Centre, introduces the organisation’s 2022 impact report. In 2022, the global community held firm in its commitment to a net zero future, amidst a challenging year with continued impacts from the COVID pandemic, war in Ukraine, energy security concerns and rising living costs worldwide.

Submission to the Department of Industry, Science and Resources’ consultation on the National Reconstruction Fund

Climateworks supports the government’s creation of funds such as the National Reconstruction Fund (NRF). We see a strong benefit from government financing to support the rapid transition to a net zero global economy, back regional industry and deliver secure jobs of the future.


Living within limits: Adapting the planetary boundaries to understand Australia’s contribution to planetary health

The Land Use Futures program at Climateworks Centre has adapted the global planetary boundaries framework to Australia, outlining how the nation is tracking against its share of the boundaries and what this means for the land use sector.


The briefing room: The twin challenge of tackling climate change while preserving nature

To limit warming to 1.5°C we need global emissions reduction as scale. But the protection and restoration of nature will also be vital to climate solutions.


The Land Use Trade-offs model

The Land Use Trade-offs model has groundbreaking capabilities to consider the potential impact of land use practices across Australia, as well as potential changes in domestic and overseas demand for agricultural products.


The briefing room: Transforming our food and land use systems – global trends and Australia’s opportunity

On Tuesday 20 July Climateworks Australia hosted a UN Food Systems Summit Independent Dialogue, putting the spotlight on sustainable food and land use systems, and the role Australia can play in supporting climate outcomes.


Food and land use transitions: Securing a healthy and productive ocean

Producing more ocean-based protein from sustainable fishing and aquaculture is possible but depends upon protection and restoration of marine and estuarine ecosystems.


Food and land use transitions: Prioritising diversity and inclusion

Meaningfully contributing to overcoming systemic diversity and inclusion challenges in food and land use should be prioritised within each transition. Read about how Australia is progressing towards this transition.


Food and land use transitions: Promoting healthy diets

A shift towards more plant-rich diets could meet human health and nutritional needs while minimising environmental impacts. Read about how Australia is progressing towards this transition.


Food and land use transitions: Diversifying sources of protein

Expanding the range of protein sources could provide health benefits, free up land and water for other uses, and cut methane and greenhouse gas emissions, while opening up new economic opportunities.


Food and land use transitions: Building local loops and linkages

Circular local food economies can reduce environmental impacts, build resilience and improve security of fresh food by shortening supply chains and repurposing urban waste streams.


Food and land use transitions: Harnessing the digital revolution

Digital technologies and big data can support each of the other transitions through improved supply chain transparency and alignment to economic, social and environmental objectives.


Food and land use transitions: Reducing food loss and waste

Efficiency and optimisation, redistribution of excess food and repurposing of unavoidable food waste can reduce pressure on the climate, water and land resources, while delivering economic benefits.


Food and land use transitions: Strengthening and diversifying rural and regional livelihoods

Each transition must support stronger, more diverse and more resilient rural and regional livelihoods Read about how Australia is progressing towards this transition.


Food and land use transitions: Scaling productive and regenerative agriculture

Changing farming practices and technologies can improve profitability and resilience while reducing and reversing climate, environmental and other impacts. Read about how Australia is progressing towards this transition.


Food and land use transitions: Protecting and restoring nature

It is possible to both produce affordable, nutritious food and fibre while protecting and rehabilitating the ecosystems that underpin human health, livelihoods, food security and wellbeing.


The briefing room: Food and land use transitions

Globally, experts have identified ten critical transitions that can improve how we produce food and manage land. These include ways to cut emissions, enhance ecosystems, build regional communities’ resilience and protect food security.


Land use futures – natural capital roadmap

Our natural resources are an asset. ‘Natural capital’ positions our environment alongside other forms of economic management to inform decision making.


Australia’s land use

A web interactive exploring the different ways Australia’s land is used and managed. Australia’s land use forms part of the Land Use Futures program, which is working to develop integrated pathways and roadmaps for sustainable food and land use in Australia.