FOI: Documents regarding Australian emission reduction targets Summary

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 Institute.

Analysis 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.

 

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