Australia confirms change in climate policy. New Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced on Thursday that he had formally written to the UN to announce a significant increase in targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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The center-left said that the target would be reduced from 26-28% to 43% by 2030, as promised in its election program.
This more ambitious goal “prepares Australia for a prosperous future, a cleaner and cheaper energy future,” he said. acting on climate change ”.
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An election promise
At the end of May, Australia announced that it would “more soon” set more ambitious targets for greenhouse gas emissions. Foreign Minister Penny Wong had then admitted that Australia had “neglected its responsibility” in the past and that Canberra would no longer “ignore” the calls of the Pacific Nations to take action against climate change.
“We have been elected on a 43% emission reduction (greenhouse gas) program by 2030 and a (carbon) neutrality by 2050,” she added. “And it’s not just words, we’ll put it in the law and very soon we’ll make a new national contribution to the UNFCCC” (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change).
Under the previous Conservative government, Australia – one of the world’s largest coal and gas exporters – regularly played a part in international climate negotiations.
The climate skepticism displayed by the previous Australian Prime Minister had poisoned relations between Canberra and its Pacific neighbors and allies, a region where China is seeking to expand its influence. Devastating forest fires and record floods in Australia have highlighted the country’s vulnerability to the consequences of global warming.
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