Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, before a climate conference that begins on Sunday, that Australia will cut its carbon dioxide emissions to zero by 2050.
“Australia wants a net-zero 2050 plan that does the right thing about climate change and secures its future in a changing world,” Morrison said.
The country has often been criticized for being among the countries with the largest greenhouse gas emissions per capita.
The reaction this time came quickly that Morrison would not set any more short-term goals.
Australia is one of the world’s largest exporters of coal and gas.
Even with a zero emissions target, Scott Morrison has no plans to limit emissions industries.
Morrison wrote: “We want our heavy industries, such as mining, to remain open, competitive and adaptable, remaining viable as long as global demand allows.” Comment posted by the Prime Minister’s Office.
Instead, he says, more than A$20 billion, equivalent to about NOK 125 billion, will be invested in low-emission technologies over the next few years.
Climate activists and allied nations such as Britain, the United States and many of Australia’s Pacific neighbors have called for more ambitious climate goals, but Morrison insists on doing so “the Australian way”.
– We do not want to learn by others who do not understand Australia. The Australian way is about how you do it, not whether you do it. Morrison wrote in the comment that it’s all about her accomplishment.
Many welcome the climate promise of 2050, but at the same time criticize the government for not providing more details, writes BBC.
Australian Climate Research Center Climate Council Without major emissions cuts this decade, he says, the new promise is a “joke.”
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese also criticized the plan for not including new policies.
He said that a word plan is not a plan no matter how much you say it Australian ABC.
Not close enough
The UN Climate Conference COP26 will be held in Glasgow in the first week of November.
Many countries have reached new climate promises and sub-targets before the conference According to a new UN report They are not close enough to avoid “endless suffering”.
According to the report, the climate plans of the countries that will participate in the conference will lead to an increase in total greenhouse gas emissions by about 16 percent by 2030, compared to the level of 2010.
Thus, global warming will tend to increase by 2.7 degrees by the end of the century.
The agreement from the 2015 Paris climate summit set a goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees.
“Exceeding temperature targets will lead to an unstable world and endless suffering, especially for those who have contributed the least to greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere,” said UN climate official Patricia Espinosa.
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