Nov 30, 2010 - 8:00am
Australia's pollution reduction policy should adopt a new minimum
target of 10 to 15 per cent below 2000 levels by 2020, with the
flexibility for at least 25 per cent reductions, shows analysis of
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency documents obtained
under Freedom of Information (FOI) and released today by The Climate
and advice from the Department shows that developing countries'
pollution targets, including from countries such as China, India, South
Africa and Brazil, are overall sufficient for Australia to move to a 15
per cent reduction on 2000 levels by 2020. China's committed unilateral
target is consistent with the conditions for Australia's 25 per cent
conditional target if it is part of a new international treaty. The
overall advanced economy, including the EU, Japan, South Korea and the
USA, pollution target implies at least a 10 per cent reduction on 2000
levels by 2020 for Australia. This could be up to a 15 per cent
reduction if countries move to the higher end of their target ranges.
Below is the list of documents obtained from the Department of Climate Change under FOI. Alternatively, you can access The Climate Institute's summary here.