Publication Details

Lucas, A. Robert. 2012, 'The role of beyond zero emissions in the Australian climate debate', Journal of Australian Political Economy, no. 69, pp. 134-148.


Early in 2011, the Journal of Australian Political Economy (JAPE) published a special issue titled, ‘Challenging Climate Change’. It brought together a number of papers by climate change researchers and activists who had been invited during 2009 to contribute their perspectives to a one-day forum covering four different aspects of the climate change debate: carbon markets and the regulation of renewable energy; technological pathways toward sustainability versus a low-tech, ecosufficiency future; climate justice; and the experiences of a variety of environmental NGOs in campaigning for policy reform (Goodman & Rosewarne, 2011: 7). The aim of the forum and those who organized it was to stimulate a more robust debate about climate change policy in Australia and the international negotiations focused on reducing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Goodman & Rosewarne, 2011: 5).