Design of climate change mitigation policy

Frank Jotzo

Dr Frank Jotzo, ANU
Senior Lecturer, Crawford School, Resource Management in Asia-Pacific Program
Director, Centre for Climate Economics & Policy
Deputy Director, ANU Climate Change Institute

Climate change mitigation policy needs to be well designed in order to be cost effective, and societally acceptable. The development of a comprehensive climate change policy regime in Australia, including through carbon pricing, throws up complex issues of incentives, distribution and the political economy of climate change mitigation. These need to be taken into account in economic mechanism design. 

At the same time, there are important international dimensions to the design of climate change mitigation policy. They include cross-border linkages of Australian climate policy instruments, direct support of mitigation policies in other countries and in particular neighbouring developing countries, and the development of domestic policies in those countries.

Research under this project addresses various issues related to these themes, as they arise in the policy debate.


Public presentations

  • Jotzo, ‘Copenhagen implications for Australia’ presentation at inaugural Crawford Policy Forum, 16 Feb 2010.
  • Jotzo, ‘Comparing the Copenhagen climate targets’, Crawford Seminar, 23 March 2010.
  • F. Jotzo, ANU China-Australia climate change forum: plenary presentation on Australia’s climate change review, April 2009.
  • F.Jotzo, ANU Climate Change Institute Open Day, ‘Climate change policies in developing countries: comparing China and Indonesia’, August 2009.
  • F. Jotzo, University of Sydney, ‘Emissions trading for dummies’, 21 August 2009.
  • F. Jotzo, University of Sydney, ‘Australia’s climate change policy and economics’, 20 August 2009.
  • Axel Michaelowa (University of Zurich), ‘What Future the CDM’, ANU RMAP seminar, 9 Feb 2009 (ca 40 participants, majority from government, DCC and other depts)
  • Axel Michaelowa (University of Zurich), ‘Update on the Clean Development Mechanism’, EERH Annual Workshop and pre-conference workshop to AARES conference, Cairns, 10 Feb 2009.
  • Heinzel, C. and T. Winkler, ‘Tradable Green Certificates as a Means of Environmental Policy? Theoretical Consideration and Evidence from Poland and Romania’. EERH Annual Workshop and pre-conference workshop to AARES conference, Cairns, 10 Feb 2009.
  • G. Buckman (ANU PhD student), ‘Renewable Energy Support Policies’, EERH Annual Workshop and pre-conference workshop to AARES conference, Cairns, 10 Feb 2009.
  • F. Jotzo, ‘Budget risks from emissions trading’, EERH Annual Workshop and pre-conference workshop to AARES conference, Cairns, 10 Feb 2009.
  • F. Jotzo, ‘The risky price cap: public finance liabilities from emissions trading’, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Annual Conference, Cairns, 11 Feb 2009.


  • Jotzo, F., and Betz R., ‘Linking the Australian Emissions Trading Scheme’, Climate Policy, vol. 9, pp. 402-414.
  • Pezzey, C.V, J., Mazouz, S., and Jotzo, F. (2009), ‘The logic of collective action and Australia’s Climate Policy’, EERH Research Report 24.
  • Buckman, G., Diesendorf, M., The Future of Renewable Electricity in Australia, EERH Research Report No.30, (2009)
  • Jotzo, F., and Betz R., Linking the Australian Emissions Trading Scheme, EERH Research Report No.14, (2009)
  • King H., The challenges of finding efficient policy measures to reduce Australia’s agricultural Greenhouse gas emissions, EERH Research Reports No 9, (2008)
  • Jotzo, Frank (forthcoming), "Climate change economics and policy in the Asia-Pacific", in Asian-Pacific Economic Literature.
  • Pezzey, John C.V. and Paul J. Burke (June 2008).  "Comparing Genuine Savings and Ecological Footprint measures of global sustainability."
  • Burke, Paul J. (September 2008).  "Economic growth and pollution in the long run."

Opinion pieces and similar

  • Howes, S. and Jotzo, F. ‘More expensive, less effective’, Oped on Frontier Economics Emissions Trading model and modeling, Sydney Morning Herald, August 2009.
  • Jotzo, F. ‘Emissions confusion: trading vs taxes’, East Asia Forum blog, (attracted comments from several key players in the debate, and has been widely read and referred to)


  • Axel Michaelowa (University of Zurich), ‘Recent developments and future of the CDM’, closed workshop at Dep of Climate Change, 9 Feb 2009.

Senate Hearing

  • F. Jotzo, Hearing at the Senate Economics Committee, Inquiry into the exposure drafts of the legislation to implement the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, 19 March 2009.


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