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The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency promotes a sustainable future for Australia

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The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency was established in March 2010 with the aim of "improving Australia's wellbeing by contributing to effective national and global responses to climate change, including the necessary transformation of the Australian economy."

Operationally, this means the Department supports government by leading and coordinating the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, promotion of energy efficiency, adaptation to climate change and shaping of global solutions.

The Department achieves these goals through:

  • providing advice to government that is of the highest quality, is integrated, objective and evidence based
  • ensuring quality outcomes through effective design and delivery of legislation, programs, services and regulatory administration
  • building improved understanding of climate change risks, opportunities and responses; and
  • effectively engaging and communicating with the Australian public and stakeholders.

The specific roles and priorities of the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency are outlined in its Corporate Plan 2010-11. This document provides a high level view that can be used to inform the Department's work on a day to day basis.

The Plan is based on three fundamental pillars of:

  • reducing Australia‚Äôs greenhouse gas emissions 
  • adapting to the impacts of climate change we cannot avoid; and
  • helping to shape a global solution.

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