Australia resists demands for stricter climate goals

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has resisted pressure to set more ambitious carbon emission targets, and other major countries have pledged deeper cuts to tackle climate change.

Morrison addressed the Global Climate Summit, stating that Australia is on the road to net zero emissions.

But he stopped setting the timeline, saying that the country would get there “as soon as possible”.

It happened when the United States, Canada and Japan set new commitments to sharper cuts.

US President Joe Biden, who chaired the Virtual Summit, promised to reduce carbon emissions by 50-52% from 2005 levels by 2030. This new goal effectively doubles the previous US promise.

In contrast, Australia adheres to its existing commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 26% to 28% from 2005 levels by 2030.

“Our goal is to get there as soon as possible through the technologies that enable and transform our industry, not the taxes that eliminate it, or the jobs and livelihoods they support and create.” He told the summit.

“Future generations … thank you for what we offer, not what we promised.”

Australia is one of the world’s largest carbon emitters per capita. Faced with persistent criticism of climate policy, Morrison said actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will focus on technology.

Australia is introducing renewable energy 10 times faster than the world average per capita, and rooftop solar panels have the highest penetration rates in the world, he said.

Morrison said Australia is “to achieve its ambitious goal of commercially equalizing the costs of clean hydrogen, green steel, energy storage and carbon capture” of $ 20 billion ($ 15.4 billion, $ 11.1 billion). ) Will be invested.

“We are always confident that Australia’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions can be deposited in banks.”

In Australia, there is increasing international pressure to reduce emissions and step up efforts to combat global warming. According to science and meteorological agencies, the country has warmed to an average of 1.4 degrees Celsius since national records began in 1910. This has increased the number of extreme thermal events and increased fire hazards.

Prior to the summit, President Biden’s team urged countries that were slow to accept action on climate change to increase their ambitions. Many countries have listened to the call, but neither China nor India’s major emitters have made new promises.

“Scientists have told us that this is a decisive decade, which must make a decision to avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis,” Biden said in the opening remarks of the summit. It’s the year. “

“The signs are undeniable, science is undeniable, and the cost of laziness continues to rise,” Biden said, referring to America’s new carbon cut pledge.