Bonn: A critical stop on the way with Australia in the spotlight Media Release

Jun 01, 2015 - 8:00am

As the next climate negotiation meeting begins today in Bonn, Germany, there is a growing focus on the key parts of the Paris framework for reduction pollution, with a spotlight on the credibility of Australia’s climate policies, The Climate Institute outlines in a new report released today.

The Bonn meeting is the next step towards the Paris climate meeting in December, which will deliver the world’s next agreement for reducing pollution. It aims to be the first universal agreement which requires targets from all countries to act on global warming.

“This meeting will focus discussions on what could be core to the Paris outcome, and so it is an opportunity to define what success in Paris may look like,” said Erwin Jackson, Deputy CEO, The Climate Institute.

“This meeting is important for Australia, since we will have to answer questions from other countries about the credibility of our policies and just how much emissions reductions they can, or can’t, achieve.”

On June 4th, Australia will stand before the meeting to justify its climate change actions to date. Webcast of the meeting can be viewed here http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/sb42/

Formal questions have already been asked by China, Brazil, the US, the EU and others.

Jackson said: “The questions to date raise doubts around the international credibility of Australia’s emissions reduction targets and domestic policies."

“As one of the only developed economies which has not yet submitted its new draft pollution reduction targets, Australia will also face international pressure to demonstrate how it is working to meet the 2°C goal after 2020.”

“The process so far is a clear signal that the rest of the world is paying careful attention to Australia’s targets and policies. When Australia faces its review session in Bonn this scrutiny will continue, giving a taste of what to expect should its post-2020 targets also be considered inadequate by our key international partners.”

“The ultimate goal of this international process and the agreement expected to be agreed on in December is to limit global warming and avoid or minimise its catastrophic impacts. This means facilitating investment towards a zero carbon global economy and building greater resilience to the impacts of climate change.”

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