Sustainable Australia supports the science that humans are contributing to climate change. To this end, our Australian greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets are adopted from recommendations by the Climate Change Authority.
Australia should contribute to staying below 1.5 degrees global temperature rise compared to pre-industrial levels, by lowering greenhouse gas emissions by at least 19 per cent compared with 2000 levels by 2020, and by at least 80 per cent compared with 2000 levels by 2050.
Policy Methods (Federal & State)
To help achieve this Australia should:
- Fund and subsidise research and development into renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency initiatives.
- Achieve a sustainable population with slower growth (mainly via lower immigration - not meaning refugees) and encourage Australians to reduce their individual carbon footprint.(1)
- Vigorously lobby other nations to ensure fair and reasonable global action on greenhouse gas emissions.
- Adopt a renewable energy target (RET) of at least 41,000 Gigawatt-hours (GWh) of Australia's electricity consumption by 2020 (an estimated 27 per cent), and up to 100 per cent by 2050.
- Adopt a carbon pricing mechanism that does not unfairly penalise trade-exposed Australian industries.
- Phase out fossil fuel subsidies (excluding the Diesel Fuel Rebate).
- Consider all energy production options to deliver our climate policy targets and ultimately an emissions-free Australian energy supply (see ENERGY policy).
- Also see SUSTAINABLE POPULATION & IMMIGRATION and ENERGY policies.
- Population growth undermines efforts to lower carbon emissions: CLICK HERE
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