Making sense of Australias initial post 2020 emissions reduction target Factsheet

Aug 24, 2015 - 10:50am

Australia announced its initial post-2020 emissions reduction targets on 11th August 2015. The target is an intended commitment to aim to reduce emissions by 26 per cent, and possibly 28 per cent, on 2005 levels by 2030.

Final targets will need to be submitted after the Paris negotiations, when the government ratifies the new agreement in a few years. 

Key points:

  • Australia has announced its initial post-2020 emissions reductions target of 26 -28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030.
  • The  target is not consistent with meeting the  globally agreed goal of limiting warming to less  than 2°C. With this target Australia will use up its  share of the global carbon budget by 2029, and if  other countries took the same approach the world  would warm by 3-4°C.
  • This  target leaves Australia lagging other  developed economies. The target will also leave  Australia with the highest per capita emissions and  the most pollution intensive economy of all  developed economies in 2030. The target is well  below the average being targeted by our  international peers across a range of metrics.

This target leaves us lagging most other developed economies, and fails tests both of scientific credibility and economic responsibility.

Download the full factsheet below. 

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