1 Nov 2017

Australia to dramatically miss Paris Agreement pledge

4:37 pm on 1 November 2017

A United Nations Environment Programme report shows Australia is geared to dramatically miss its 2030 emissions reduction targets.

The IPCC report said electricity must be produced by low-carbon sources by 2050.

Photo: AFP

The UNEP's Emissions Gap 2017'report shows Australia is projected to miss its 2015 Paris Agreement pledge by more than a third.

Australia has said it will cut its 2005 emissions by 26 to 28 percent by 2030.

The report released last night showed the country is projected to emit 592-million-tonnes of CO2-equivalent by 2030 compared with its maximum target of 440-million-tonnes.

Greenpeace spokesperson Jonathan Moylan said the result was deeply disappointing and shows Australia's climate change policy does more to support the coal industry than the interests of Pacific Island countries.

"This report adds to the voices of Pacific Island nations for Australia to also rule out coal exports and develop a transition plan. We can expect to see more international pressure on Australia to phase out coal over time."

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