The ANU College of Law’s position as a leading contributor to climate law has been further strengthened with the appointment of Associate Professor Andrew Macintosh as Chair of the Australian Government’s newly created Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee (ERAC).
The appointment will see A/Professor Macintosh lead an expert group – including members from the resources, agriculture and research sectors – to provide guidance and advice to the Minister for the Environment on the development of emissions reduction methods in Australia.
In addition to its consultative role, ERAC has a range of statutory functions and powers, including the ability to prevent the Minister from making methods where the Committee considers they do not meet the statutory offsets integrity standards and to suspend the operation of methods while it reviews their operation.
Dean of the ANU College of Law, Professor Stephen Bottomley, said the appointment of A/Professor Macintosh reflected the College’s position as one of Australia’s pre-eminent institutions for the study of climate law, and would provide ERAC with an invaluable source of knowledge and expertise.
“Through the efforts of staff such as A/Professor Macintosh, the ANU College of Law has built an enviable reputation in the emerging field of climate law and policy.
“A/Professor Macintosh is ideally suited to this role. His knowledge of environmental law – particularly in relation to climate change mitigation – will provide the Committee with invaluable insight.
“This includes not only the legal and policy considerations required to support carbon offset methods, but understanding on how the Emissions Reduction Fund will work with existing programs such as the Renewable Energy Target.”
Alongside his role as Chair of ERAC, A/Professor Macintosh teaches Australian Climate Law and International Law of the Environment, and is an active researcher in the fields of law, economics, environmental policy and climate change adaption.
A/Professor Macintosh is a fellow at the Australian Centre for Environmental Law, and the Associate Director of the Centre for Climate Law and Policy at the Australian National University.