The Turnbull Government today reaffirms Australia’s strong commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol.
The Paris Agreement and the Doha Amendment, which together formalise Australia’s 2030 and 2020 emissions reduction targets, were ratified by Australia on 10 November 2016.
Australia is among more than 140 countries that have ratified the Paris Agreement, which entered into force on 4 November 2016.
Our 2030 target to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels is comparable with other advanced economies and will halve our per capita emissions.
Australia has a strong track record on international emissions reduction targets. We beat our first Kyoto target by 128 million tonnes and are on track to meet and beat our second Kyoto 2020 target by 224 million tonnes.
The Turnbull Government is working to further reduce emissions through the Emissions Reduction Fund, the National Energy Productivity Plan, the phase down of hydrofluorocarbons and the Renewable Energy Target.
To maintain our competitiveness our energy policies are technology neutral, ensuring we keep the right mix of energy for an affordable and reliable energy system as we transition to a lower emissions future.
Australians can trust the Turnbull Government to pursue a course that boosts the economy while reducing emissions.
The Turnbull Government is disappointed that the United States has notified that it will withdraw from this important international agreement.
Attribution; Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP