Prime Minister Scott Morrison appears to be testing the waters of a target of net zero emissions by 2050, saying the climate target will be ‘won’ by sectors, factories and the mining and energy industry. Australia.
However, the Prime Minister appears to have frisked ‘downtown’ people who have long pushed for lofty emissions targets, stating that ‘we will not reach net zero in cafes, dinners and nightclubs. wine from our city centers ”.
Days before joining US President Joe Biden’s virtual greenhouse gas summit, Morrison said Australia’s energy mix is expected to change over the next 30 years.
He said Australia would chart its “own path” and use “capitalism” rather than “taxes”, saying “the key to achieving our climate change ambitions is commercializing low-emission technologies”.
Factories will lead the way, he says
In a speech to business leaders in Sydney on Monday evening, he said net zero would be ‘won’ by the energy, industrial, agriculture, mining and manufacturing sectors. and used the examples of BHP, Andrew Forrest and AGL’s efforts to reduce emissions.
“It will be won in places like the Pilbara, the Hunter, Gladstone, Portland, Whyalla, Bell Bay and the Riverina,” he said.
“In factories in our regional cities and in our large suburbs. In the laboratories of our best research and scientific institutes. “
“This is where the road to net zero is being prepared in Australia.”
A net zero goal is a divisive issue within the Federal Coalition and Mr. Morrison has been slow to consider climate goals to avoid internal conflict.
President Biden has invited 40 world leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, to the April 22-23 summit.
The United States and other countries are expected to announce more ambitious national targets for reducing carbon emissions, as well as pledging financial assistance for less wealthy countries’ climate efforts.
Albanese praises clean energy
In his own speech later Tuesday, Labor leader Anthony Albanese will link a cleaner future to more jobs for Australians.
“It’s time to look at the other side of the coin – the enormous potential of clean energy to create hundreds of thousands of secure, well-paying jobs,” Albanese said.
“I’m not just talking about jobs for people who mine lithium, copper and nickel or for those who will turn those materials into batteries.”
Mr Albanese will say Australia cannot afford ‘another drift and waste of time’ and should switch to renewables where there is ‘huge potential’ to create hundreds of thousands of jobs safe and well paid.
“I am talking about a revolution in job growth across the Australian economy based on an inescapable fact: renewables are not only clean, but cheap and increasingly cheaper,” he said. .
China and America agree
Meanwhile, the world’s two biggest carbon polluters, China and the United States, have agreed to cooperate to tackle climate change, just days before President Biden’s virtual summit of world leaders.
The two countries “are committed to cooperate with each other and with other countries to deal with the climate crisis, which must be treated with the seriousness and urgency it demands,” the statement said.
The deal was struck by US special climate envoy John Kerry and his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua during two days of talks in Shanghai last week, according to a joint statement.
China is the world’s largest carbon emitter, followed by the United States.
The two countries pump out nearly half of the fossil fuel fumes that heat the planet’s atmosphere.
Their cooperation is key to the success of global climate change efforts, but China’s frayed ties to human rights, trade, and land claims over Taiwan and the South China Sea threaten to undermine these. efforts.
Noting that China is the world’s largest user of coal, Kerry told media that he and Chinese officials have had many discussions on how to accelerate a global energy transition.
“I have never hesitated to express our view shared by many, many people that it is imperative to reduce coal everywhere,” he said.
Mr Biden, who has said tackling global warming is one of his highest priorities, had the United States adhere to the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement in the early hours of his presidency, canceling the American withdrawal ordered by his predecessor Donald Trump.