What “Progression” Means for Australia’s Post-2020 Targets Research Brief

Mar 18, 2015 - 12:00pm

The Australian Government has committed to sharing it’s indicative post 2020 emissions target by mid-year. This Factsheet addresses one of the key international issues that the government will need to consider in this decision – is the target a ‘progression’ from the current 2020 targets as was agreed at the Lima climate summit last year.

The Research Brief outlines why progression should be interpreted as increased ambition not just in terms of absolute emission reductions, but also in the rate of emission reductions. In other words, countries’ targets should not just increase the amount of emissions reduced, but the speed at which this takes place.

For example, other advanced economies comparable with Australia are not only increasing their absolute emissions reductions but also the rate at which these are occurring. While China, as an emerging economy, is not directly comparable with Australia, its initial post-2020 target also requires a substantial acceleration of decarbonisation.

Click below for the full document and see our Submission to CCA's Special Review on Australia’s future emissions reductions targets for more information.

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