Correcting the Record: Response to Professor Chubb’s Statement on Carbon Farming
Authors: Andrew Macintosh, Marie Waschka, Megan C Evans, Dean Ansell, Pablo Larraondo
Research theme: Administrative Law, Environmental Law
On 17 March 2023, the Department of Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water’s (DCCEEW) published a paper by Professor Ian Chubb, the former Chair of the Independent Review of Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs), titled, Carbon Farming: let’s get real and let’s get on with it.1 The paper focuses on the ACCU scheme and the recommendations the Review made to improve it. The essence of the argument put forward in the paper is that the ACCU scheme is robust and that the Review’s recommendations, and the scheme’s compliance and enforcement processes, will address any issues that exist with the integrity of projects and credits. Consistent with this, Professor Chubb argues ‘[w]e have to work at it, get real and get on with it’.