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Australia ‘Quite clear’ government won’t be adopting net-zero 2050 emissions target

08:30  18 february  2020
08:30  18 february  2020 Source:   skynews.com.au

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Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell says it is “quite clear” the government will not be adopting the target of zero net emissions by 2050 — which the Coalition has “very little enthusiasm for”.

“To deliver on his promise to the Pacific Islands Forum, the prime minister is commissioning Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor and his department to look at the potential cost of such a target,” Mr Clennell said.

He said reports the government had been looking at implementing a technology investment target to avoid committing to an internationally imposed emissions target is “not quite right” and instead is looking to have a “technology roadmap”.

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Major British businesses are urging the government to set emission reduction targets that would be among the world's strictest.

The government said the new plan – set to be presented at this year’s United Nations summit in Glasgow – was the best way to meet the Paris Agreement without costing the economy billions each year.

Mr Clennell said Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has made it clear that he is looking at a “long-term target” and Shadow Minister for Climate Change Mark Butler is “incessantly” talking about that zero net emissions target by 2050 which looks like a “likely target for Labor”.

“Some in shadow cabinet are concerned about a pathway for justifying that target, how you can actually show its’ achievable,” he said. 

Australia's total greenhouse gas emissions down by 0.3 per cent .
Australia's total greenhouse gas emissions have declined only marginally according to the official data used to track progress towards the Paris Agreement target. Official figures revealed a decline of just 532.5 million tons to 530.8 million tons in the year to September 2019. The decrease equating to a fall of just 0.3 per cent with national emission levels for the September quarter left relatively unchanged to the previous quarter.

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