Prime Minister releases plan for net-zero emissions by 2050
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has outlined a national plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
The plan estimates emissions reduction of 35 per cent will be achieved by 2030, but does not set a new formal 2030 target.
Mr Morrison said Australians want action on climate change but also a plan that “gets the balance right”.
He insisted the plan would not cost jobs and would protect the Australian way of life, especially in rural areas.
He described it as an “uniquely Australian way” of achieving the net-zero goal.
“You’ve seen us wrestle with it. I think that is a badge of authenticity on this plan.”
The plan will be taken to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow next month.
“This is the approach that we put to the Australian people,” he said.
“We said ‘there’s the mark’, but we can meet it, and we can beat it, and we will.”
The modelling the roadmap is based on was not released, but the Prime Minister said it would be made public “eventually”.
Senior Labor MP for Sydney Tanya Plibersek called out the lack of modelling, telling Jim Wilson the Energy Minister’s assurances power prices won’t go up are “laughable”.
“How can he say that when he’s not prepared to release the details of the plan?
“The Senate called for the detailed modelling behind the government’s plan, and the government argued it should be treated confidentially – it should be kept from the Australian people.”
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