Nov 10, 2016 - 2:07pmAustralia’s ratification of the 2016 Paris Agreement on climate change is a pivotal step in signaling to Australian businesses and communities that our country is taking its responsibilities under the agreement seriously, said The Climate Institute today.
“Ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change is a critical aspect of Australia’s commitment to a long term climate and energy strategy that will help promote community and business confidence,” said deputy CEO of The Climate Institute, Erwin Jackson.
“Given the political events in the USA in the last 24 hours, Australia’s ratification also sends a message to the international community about our national intentions. This provides us with a level of credibility to be able to join other nations in encouraging other countries, particularly in our region, to implement the Agreement as well.”
Mr Jackson said, now that ratification has taken place, we could begin to look to the Australian government to activate a true long term strategy that allows us to deliver on our responsibilities under the Paris Agreement.
”Now that ratification has taken place, we are looking to the Australian government to incorporate achieving the Agreement’s net zero emissions goal into domestic policy processes, such as COAG’s energy reviews and the upcoming 2017 climate policy review,” he said..
“The government should review its 2030 emissions targets with a view to ensuring they are consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5-2°C, and set long term targets to achieve net zero emissions before 2050.”
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