The Australian Climate Roundtable today welcomed continued bipartisan commitment to the Paris Agreement.
The Roundtable brings together representatives and advocates for a broad swathe of the community, including the Australian Aluminium Council, the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Australian Council of Social Service, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Australian Energy Council, the Australian Industry Group, the Business Council of Australia, the Investor Group on Climate Change, The Climate Institute and WWF-Australia.
The many sectors of Australia’s economy and society represented by the Australian Climate Roundtable need a climate and energy policy framework that has broad support across the political spectrum and is both scalable and durable.
Ratification of the Paris Agreement supports these shared objectives by demonstrating Australia’s clear commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over time.
The Paris Agreement is a substantial improvement on past agreements because it requires meaningful, transparent and regularly updated commitments to limit emissions from emerging economies like China, as well as from advanced economies like Australia. The Agreement has attracted strong participation and support worldwide, and is a useful tool to spur and sustain global efforts over coming decades as the world transitions towards net zero emissions. Its success in limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees is firmly in Australia’s interests.
Consistent with the principles and articles of the Agreement the Roundtable also calls for policy that:
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The Australian Energy Council, the peak body for Australia's electricity generators and retailers, is today announcing support for an economy-wide emissions reduction target of 55% on 2005 levels by 2035.
Published in The Australian, 16 December 2021 By Sarah McNamara, Chief Executive, Australian Energy Council In mid-2020, the Australian Energy Council supported adoption of a Net Zero by 2050 target for Australia.
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