Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction
|Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction|
|Department of the Environment and Energy|
|Appointer||Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia|
|Inaugural holder||Penny Wong|
|Formation||3 December 2007|
The Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction is an Australian Government Cabinet position with the duties of serving the people of Australia by developing a more prosperous and sustainable Australia by leading and coordinating the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, promotion of energy efficiency, adaptation to climate change and shaping of global solutions.
The position of Energy Minister previously had responsibility for the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency under the Rudd and Gillard Government. The precursor department was led by the Secretary, Blair Comley PSM who was responsible to the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Honourable Greg Combet AM MP. The minister was assisted by the Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Honourable Mark Dreyfus QC MP. The Clean Energy Regulator was a statutory authority formed 2 April 2012, which was part of the department.
On 25 March 2013, responsibility for Climate Change passed to the newly formed Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, and the duties of the Ministry of Energy passed to the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism. After the 7 September 2013 Australian federal election the responsibility for Energy passed to the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science under the Abbott Government. Following the Australia federal election of 2 July 2016, responsibilities were passed to the Minister of the Environment and Energy under the Turnbull Government. Following the appointment of Scott Morrison as Prime Minister, Josh Frydenberg was elevated to Treasurer of Australia, whereby Frydenberg's previous ministerial positions were separated, with Melissa Price as Minister of the Environment and Angus Taylor as Minister for Energy.
Mission and outcomes
The department deals with:
- Development and co-ordination of domestic and international climate change policy
- International climate change negotiations
- Design and implementation of emissions trading
- Mandatory renewable energy target policy, regulation and co-ordination
- Greenhouse emissions and energy consumption reporting
- Climate change adaptation strategy and co-ordination
- Co-ordination of climate change science activities
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