Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has labelled the Climate Change Authority’s emission targets as incorrect. This follows the opposition from Climate Change Authority towards the target put forward by the Federal Government to reduce carbon emission by 26-28% by 2030 based on 2005 level.
The Climate Change Authority (CAA) indicated that the country needs more “ambitious target” than those put forward by the Federal Government.
The CAA Chair Bernie Fraser stated that the Authority has recommended 45-63% carbon emissions’ cut 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 in a statement.
“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.”
Nevertheless the figures proposed by the CAA have been challenged by the Federal Government.
“Mr Bernie Fraser … [stated] China’s emissions would increase by 72 to 96 per cent above 2005 levels by 2030. The Australian Government disputes these figures,” she said in a statement.
“China’s 2030 target will allow emissions to increase by around 150 per cent from 2005 levels when calculated on China’s national currency.”
She said Australia’s 2030 target was strong, logical and achievable.She later stated that the Federal Government’s 2030 target was strong, reasonable and attainable.
“We have a proven track record of meeting our climate targets. We met our first Kyoto target and are on track to meet our 2020 target.”
Addressing the South Australian Liberal Party annual meeting, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the emissions target was leading the pack economically and environmentally.
Prime Minster Tony Abbott stated that emissions target was leading the pack “economically and environmentally” when he was introducing the South Australian Liberal Party annual gathering.
“When it comes to emissions per capita, our target, a target that we are absolutely confident that we can and will meet, is the best in the world,” he said.
“So let’s not have anyone say that this is a government which is indifferent to environmental outcomes.”
ABC, August 15, 2015. Emissions reduction target: Julie Bishop disputes Climate Change Authority’s figures: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-15/climate-change-authoritys-estimations-wrong-julie-bishop/6700234
AUTHOR: DOUGLAS YEBOAH