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AUSTRALIA LAST ON CLIMATE, AGAIN

November 19, 2020

Scott Morrison’s dismal climate action has been highlighted in another international report, which found Australia is embarrassingly one of only four G20 countries without a policy to encourage renewable energy investment and ranks last in cutting emissions from transport.
 
Scott Morrison’s climate record is woeful. After emissions came down by more than 15 per cent when Labor was last in government, they have flatlined under the Liberals and Nationals only reducing by one per cent.   
 
The Paris commitment from Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison is for a 26 per cent emissions cut by 2030 and this government is nowhere near on track for that.
 
The Government’s own projections show that we will only reduce our emissions on current policy settings by just four per cent over the course of the decade.
 
Australia is completely isolated on the world stage with over 70 per cent of our trading partners committed to net zero emissions by the middle of the century.
 
All major Australian companies, the National Farmers’ Federation, the Australian Industry Group and all state and territory governments are committed to net zero emissions by 2050.
 
Because of Scott Morrison’s unwillingness to embrace the jobs and investment that comes from renewable energy investment, UTS projects 11,000 renewable energy jobs will be lost in the next two years – just when the Government should be doing all it can to grow jobs.
 
The existing pipeline of renewable energy projects that already have planning approval would create over 50,000 new direct jobs if only Scott Morrison would take up Labor’s offer to agree to an energy policy that would unlock investment.

THURSDAY, 19 NOVEMBER 2020

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