Former UN Prime Minister accuses Australia of “insufficient” emission efforts


Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed Australia of his allegations of unforgivable negligence in setting up a rigorous climate change approach.

Van, who strongly supported climate change efforts and previously supported the globally binding Paris Agreement, believes that the lack of a net-zero target is at odds with international emission reduction movements. He said he was.

“Ethically, the inaction sacrifice to the climate is immeasurable,” Van told the Better Futures Forum on Tuesday.

“Australia’s current goals … and the country’s lack of zero emissions targets are out of step with its state, its trading partners, and other equivalents,” Van said. “Not enough to fulfill the promise of the Paris Agreement in Australia.”

Australia’s commitment to the Paris Agreement outlines the need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 26-28 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

This is because the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a sixth report claiming to be evidence of global warming due to anthropogenic emissions.

Instead, Ban urges countries to adopt more timely targets and halve emissions by 2030, with the ultimate goal reaching net zero by 2050 with Australia’s international partners. Is to do.

“Internationally, Australia’s major trading partners, including Japan, South Korea and China, have set net-zero targets in the middle of the century,” said Van.

However, China is the only Asian country that has given its neighbors 10 years of leverage and set a net zero target for 2060.

Van also pointed out the contradictions between the goals made by Australia and its members-all of them, to some extent, promised the 2050 goal to reach Net Zero.

Matt Keane, Minister of Energy and Environment of New South Wales (NSW), joined the van at the forum, saying Australia is suitable for developing low-emission infrastructure.

“Australia must not be behind climate change,” Keane said. “We should be leaders in climate change because we can do things that no other country can do.”

Keane, who announced New South Wales’ Net Zero program, which includes an investment of $ 11.6 billion over the next decade, has stabbed federal leaders to accelerate efforts to reduce emissions.

“Complain [climate challenge] Too difficult is not the solution, “Kean said. “The community expects our leaders to get it done or get out of the way.”

However, Prime Minister Scott Morrison had previously claimed that Australia had achieved significant emission cuts comparable to those with a firm net zero target.

“Our emissions have fallen by 20 percent since 2005,” Morrison said. “As far as we know, we are the only ones working on emission reductions, all sectors, all gas and all quarterly reporting transparency,” Morrison said.

Morrison said the contribution of carbon dioxide from most developed countries in the world, including Australia, is hidden by the emissions of developing countries.

“The fact that developing countries account for two-thirds of the world’s emissions and their emissions are increasing cannot be ignored,” Morrison said. “It’s also a clear fact that China’s emissions account for more than the OECD’s total.”

However, Morrison proposes a “technology, not tax” approach to addressing the world’s largest emitters, and the only way to address climate issues globally is to research and develop new low-emission technologies. Said.

“Emissions continue to grow because of the choices they make inevitably. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the innovations needed to transform the world in the next 10, 20, and 30 years are achieved. That’s what Morrison says.

In particular, the Australian Government has pledged $ 20 billion in a technology investment roadmap that includes clean hydrogen, energy storage, low-emission steel and aluminum production, carbon recovery and storage, and soil carbon sequestration research and development.

“These five priority technologies eliminate or significantly reduce emissions across the sector, which accounts for 90% of global emissions,” Morrison said.

Daniel Kumerev