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EMISSIONS PROJECTIONS ALL SPIN

December 12, 2020

You just need to peel away one layer and the Government’s rhetoric on emissions reduction comes crashing down.
 
The Department’s own table (page 13), which shows the sectoral breakdown of projections, shows there will be only a 22 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030 (on 2005 levels), not the 26-28 per cent claimed by the Government.
 
The Government’s projections clearly show there will only be a reduction in emissions between 2020 and 2030 of less than seven per cent.
 
At that rate, it will take 146 years to get to net zero emissions.
 
Electricity is the only sector with considerable emissions reduction and that is due to state government policies and households choosing to install rooftop solar.
 
Emissions across the rest of the economy are projected to rise by eight per cent across this decade.
 
Australia is completely isolated on the world stage. After being rejected from speaking at the UN climate summit, overnight the Prime Minister has again ignored the call by our Pacific Island neighbours to take serious, credible climate action.
 
That’s why Australia was again this week ranked second worst in the world on national climate change policy, with only Donald Trump’s United States rated worse.
 
The Prime Minister must commit to net zero emissions by 2050.
 
Over 70 per cent of our trading partners, every state and territory government and most major businesses are committed to net zero. The only reason why Scott Morrison hasn’t is because he can’t stand up to his own party room.

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