Australian minister says 2030 emission target fixed, will be beaten

Several Australian ministers said that the country’s emission target for 2030 has been determined and that the country is aiming to not only meet it, but exceed it.

After the commencement of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow this weekend, the ministers made the announcement. The summit recognized carbon emissions as the number one source behind global warming and asked that each country submit its emission pledges next year. 

Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Energy Minister Angus Taylor released a joint statement after the summit’s end, saying, “Australia’s 2030 target is fixed and we are committed to meeting and beating it.” They also said their government would do “what’s right for rural and regional communities.” Currently, the country’s commitment is to reduce emissions by 26-28% by the end of the decade. 

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, has set a goal that by 2050, the country will have zero net carbon emissions. He did, however, reject the EU- and US-led global pledge to reduce methane emissions by 30% by the decade’s end.

Australia’s health minister and former environment minister, Greg Hunt, wouldn’t say if the country will update the goal. “We’ve set our target. But what we’ll continue to do is update our projections,” he said. He later paraphrased William Shakespeare when further pressed, by saying, “I never promised to pay thee, but now that I’m here, I’ll pay thee double’. It means under-promise and over-deliver.”

Climate Action Network activists called Australia the “colossal fossil” of the UN talks due to “its appalling approach to climate change policy”. 




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