Research and evidence in the energy transition: How did Australian energy policymakers utilise research and evidence in preparing Australia's INDC for Paris?
This public seminar will investigate how Australian energy policymakers utilised research and evidence in preparing Australia's Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) for the UNFCCC's Conference of Parties (CoP) in Paris in 2015. The rationale for this research is that the 'research utilization' literature, which is an important area of study regarding research use in policymaking, currently has little empirical data on research and evidence use in energy policy.
Although the object of analysis is Australia's INDC, the principal purpose is to shed light on how research and evidence is used in Australia's policy development process with respect to this critical policy area. Given the importance of accelerating the global energy transition, it is imperative that we understand how energy policymakers are using research and evidence and whether or not the process can be improved.
Seb Rattansen is an experienced policy analyst with over five years experience in both the UK and New Zealand public sectors. He has worked on strategic policy and operational policy in both countries. In the UK he led the development of a new air quality requirement for the £864m Renewable Heat Incentive. The RHI is a flagship initiative designed to help the UK meet its EU climate targets. In New Zealand he led the publication of the Dairying Clean Streams Accord Snapshot of Progress report for 2010/11. This was a key report on the environmental performance of the agricultural sector in New Zealand.