"As Prime Minister Scott Morrison tries to land a Coalition climate policy deal
ahead of the international COP26 summit in Glasgow, Nationals leader Barnaby
Joyce on Sunday ruled out supporting more ambitious 2030 targets.
The current 2030 target aims to cut emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels, and
has been criticised by scientists and the international community as far too
But ahead of a Nationals party room meeting on Sunday to discuss changes to
national climate policy, Joyce declared it “highly unlikely” he would support a
doubling of the 2030 target, according to ABC reports.
If Australia was to adopt the bolder target, it would bring us in line with our
key ally and trading partner, the United States, and would be broadly in line
with the targets of other allies, the European Union and the United Kingdom. It
would see Australia become a valued and relevant party to the negotiations at
Glasgow, rather than a resented freeloader.
As a professor of engineering and an author of many research papers considering
what’s needed to reach 100% renewable energy, I believe Australia could halve
its 2030 emissions with minimal cost and inconvenience. Here’s how it could be
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