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Erwin Jackson

Erwin is Deputy CEO of The Climate Institute.

With nearly 20 years practical experience in climate change policy and research, Erwin has developed and led many national and international programs aimed at reducing greenhouse pollution. This work has been undertaken in Australia, Europe, North and South America, the Pacific and Antarctica. He has represented non-governmental groups and advised government and business in national, regional and international fora, including being a non-governmental expert reviewer of the reports of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has sat on research advisory committees on low emission technology deployment for the CSIRO and the University of Queensland’s Centre for Low Emission Technology.

Erwin is currently a member of the Victorian Premiers Reference Group on Climate Change. Erwin has written, researched and produced many publications on climate change and energy policy including a number of review papers in scientific journals such as the Medical Journal of Australia. He has given lectures at institutions ranging from the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London to local community group meetings in far north Queensland

Articles by Erwin Jackson (11)

  • Australia to sign Paris climate agreement this week, but still a global laggard

    From all the way over here in Australia, the adoption of the historic Paris climate change agreement in December might seem a distant memory. But on Friday night Australian time, over 150 countries will gather in New York to sign it in what will be the largest signing ceremony ever undertaken for an international treaty. You may not grasp it from most of Australia's news media, but it has very real significance for Australia's economy, our environment and indeed, our way of life.
  • Is the Paris agreement toothless?

    The countries of the world seemed to sigh with collective relief when the Paris climate change agreement was finalised. After years of toil, nearly 200 countries agreed to ratchet up action over time to achieve a net-zero-emissions global economy. Yet, no sooner was the ink dry than discussion began about whether the deal had enough 'teeth' to achieve its goals. The national targets under the agreement aren't legally binding, critics said.
  • Paris update: Anticipation and hyperbole

    The delegates have arrived and the behind the scenes discussions in Paris are well underway. Negotiators are meeting to discuss strategy and informally coordinate positions. The aim is to  ensure formal negotiations proceed smoothly after the fanfare of the leaders' statements tomorrow. Canada and Japan's multi-billion dollar commitments to support the world's poorest nations participation in climate change solutions are a welcome boost heading into the week.
  • Paris climate talks: The world has changed since Copenhagen

    The Paris climate negotiations, which seek to deliver the next global framework for reducing emissions, kick off in just over a week. As we head into Paris, it is fair to say that close observers are optimistic but nervous. The draft agreement is 50-odd pages long, and a number of key political issues remain to be resolved. Sticking points include:
  • Post-2020 emission target a test for Australia

    Failure to pay proper, high-level attention to negotiations under the UN's climate convention (UNFCCC) seriously endangers Australia's national interest in areas beyond climate change. This is the important headline conclusion from a timely Lowy Institute paper by Howard Bamsey and Kath Rowley. The paper is timely because this is the year countries will likely agree on the shape of the post-2020 climate framework in Paris in December.
  • Lima climate deal: It's ugly, but it's progress

    The Lima climate summit wasn't pretty and the outcomes weren't perfect, but they do represent progress. In an important evolution, all significant countries now need to come forward with details on how they will limit greenhouse gas emissions well before the Paris meeting next year, where the post-2020 framework will be resolved.