Amanda McKenzie Biography, Age, Education, Career

Amanda McKenzie Biography

Amanda McKenzie is an environmental leader and CEO of the Climate Council, which was launched following Australia’s largest ever crowd-funding campaign. She is on board of the Whitlam Institute and on the Board of Plan International Australia. In 2014, Amanda was recognized as one of Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence. Previously, Amanda founded the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.

Amanda McKenzie Age

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Amanda McKenzie Education

After growing up in the suburbs of Melbourne, Amanda earned an Arts degree at Melbourne University and then a Law degree with Honours at Monash University. Convinced young people were crucial to solving the climate crisis, she co-founded the Australian Youth Climate Coalition in 2006 and helped build one of Australia’s largest climate change advocacy groups, with more than 100,000 members.

Amanda McKenzie Career

McKenzie took part in the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee Round Table in 2010 and led the Australian youth delegations to the United Nations Climate Change Conferences in Bali, Poznan, and Copenhagen. Amanda was named Young Environmentalist of the Year in 2009.

She joined the Climate Commission as a Senior Communications Advisor in 2011 and created a communications training program for climate scientists, generating more than $12 million in media coverage annually.

When the Abbott Government abolished the Climate Commission in September 2013, Amanda spearheaded Australia’s largest crowd-funding campaign, netting $1.3 million in 10 days from 16,000 people, to allow the commission to re-launch as the not for profit Climate Council.

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She is now CEO of the Climate Council, an independent organization dedicated to providing the Australian public with reliable and authoritative information on climate change.

Under Amanda’s leadership, the Climate Council has played a significant role in reshaping the public conversation on climate change in Australia, moving public debate to a discussion of solutions, like renewable energy; shifting the public understanding of extreme weather and climate change with public polling showing that increasingly the public link the two; and elevating renewable energy to a top tier political issue.

Amanda is currently chair of the board of the Centre for Australian Progress and serves on the board of Plan International Australia. She has also served on the boards of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, the Committee for Melbourne and Climate Action Network Australia. In 2014, she was named as one of the winners of the Westpac AFR 100 Women of Influence in recognition of her commitment to putting climate change on the public agenda.

Amanda McKenzie Labor’s climate policy announcement

Reducing emissions

The ALP reaffirmed its plans to cut Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 45% on 2005 levels by 2030, and ensure 50% of the nation’s electricity comes from renewable sources by 2030.

Additionally, it has announced a long-term target of net zero greenhouse gas pollution by 2050.

Crucially, Labor will not use Kyoto carryover credits to meet its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target. This dodgy accounting mechanism involves using credits that Australia gained in beating its 2020 goal under the Kyoto Protocol and using them again to meet the new targets under the Paris Agreement – effectively double dipping on the same ‘success’.The ALP’s position is in contrast to the current Coalition government, which plans to rely on these credits to effectively weaken its already low target.

Capping Australia’s biggest polluters

Labor also intends to expand the Coalition’s ‘safeguard mechanism’, which is a way to limit the greenhouse gas pollution of Australia’s biggest emitters. Currently, this mechanism applies to companies that emit more than 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution each year. This has been ineffective, with pollution rising every quarter for the past four years. Labor’s policy would lower that cap to 25,000 tonnes, that will force about 250 of Australia’s largest polluters to reduce their emissions.

Boosting Electric Vehicles (EVs)

Labor has announced a National EV Policy to support the uptake of cleaner transport. This includes a national EV target of 50% new car sales by 2030, with half of all government fleet vehicles to be electric by 2025.

To support this transition, the ALP has also proposed:

  • A $200 million infrastructure plan to create an electric vehicle charging network across the nation
  • Tax deductions for businesses to buy EVs
  • Incentives for residential and commercial developments to create new charging facilities
  • Investment in public transport projects

Importantly, the ALP has announced plans to introduce new Vehicle Emissions Standards, that will limit the amount of carbon pollution per kilometer from light vehicles.

Rebuilding the Climate Change Authority

Labor will rebuild and strengthen the Climate Change Authority (CCA), a government agency that reviews and advises on climate change policies and mitigation action. The CCA can conduct important independent research and modeling work to ensure that Australia can adapt to a changing climate. This will include a triennial Climate Change Assessment, analyzing the impacts of climate change on Australian life.

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