The Climate Change Authority (CCA) has labelled the federal Government’s recent greenhouse gas emission reduction target as “substantially weaker” than expected and claims the country “slip further behind the efforts being made by comparable countries”.
The Government made public plans to reduce carbon emissions by 26-28% by 2005 based on 2005 level.
Bernie Fraser of CCA stated that the authority has rather recommended a 45-63% emissions reduction target by 2030.
“Along with other countries, Australia has agreed to work towards reducing emissions to levels consistent with limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels — this remains a challenging task,” Mr Fraser stated.
“Measured against the reductions in emissions required to deliver a reasonable chance of limiting global warming to 2 degrees, all countries have a lot more work to do over the decades ahead.”
The Opposition and the Greens were in opposition to Tony Abbott’s policy, saying that “Australia will be put at the back of the pack” in terms of international action on global warming.
But Prime Minister Tony Abbott has rubbished the claim by Labor and the Greens, stating it was “fairly in the middle of comparable economies”.
“We are not leading, but we are certainly not lagging,” Mr Abbott said.
“It’s environmentally responsible because it’s more than comparable with what other countries are doing.”
But Mr. Fraser stated based on the recent targets, the country “would slip behind the efforts being made by comparable countries and likely face large catch up adjustments down the track”.
Jake SturmerGovernment’s ‘substantially weaker’ emission reduction targets not enough, Climate Change Authority says. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-14/emission-reduction-targets-not-enough-climate-change-authority/6699034: [Accessed August 15, 2015]
AUTHOR: DOUGLAS YEBOAH