2030 Targets Now

I call on Scott Morrison to join the global community in setting 2030 climate targets


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Net zero by 2050 is not a climate target, it’s a death sentence.

We need to dramatically reduce emissions by 2030, or it’s too late.

This means getting out of coal and gas for good. Because if we don’t have a plan to phase out coal and gas then we don’t have a plan to tackle the climate crisis.

The action we take this decade is all that matters. But we are running out of time, and Australia has the least ambitious target of any developed country in the world.

The Greens get it. Last time we were in balance of power, we passed a price on pollution that started a renewables  boom, but the Liberals axed it.

Why? Because they would rather put the profits of coal and gas corporations ahead of the people of Australia.

Scott Morrison, Barnaby Joyce and Angus Taylor are setting Australia on a course of climate destruction that will result in more frequent and intense heat waves, fires, droughts and extreme rainfall.

Australia’s not pulling its weight. The United States, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the European Union have answered the call to fight the climate crisis by committing to stronger 2030 emissions reduction targets.

As the rest of the world gets out of coal and gas, our future is being held to ransom by a bunch of wilful deniers in the Liberal and National parties who are choosing their coal and gas donors over the community.

Morrison’s 2050 plan is dangerous and will cost our kids their future. Australia deserves better.

That’s why we’re calling on Scott Morrison to put in place a formal legislated plan to reduce Australia's emissions by 75% by 2030 and phase out coal and gas. Our future depends on it.

 

Why is 2030 critical?

In 2018, the IPCC released a special report on 1.5°C which found that ‘limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require reductions of global human-caused carbon dioxide emissions of 45% by 2030 compared to 2010, and reach zero emissions around 2050.’ 

Their latest report in 2021, confirmed that we're not doing enough. Unless we rapidly decarbonise our economies in the next few years, we could hit 1.5°C sooner than initially expected.

That’s why this decade is crucial. When Morrison and the Labor Party talk about their 2050 targets, they’re deliberately avoiding the action that needs to be taken before 2030 - which is why the US climate envoy John Kerry is pressuring Australia to adopt a higher target.

Delay is the new denial.

Why should Australia adopt a 75% reduction in emissions by 2030?

Given their capacity for higher investment, plus their historical responsibility for a larger share of atmospheric carbon pollution, there is broad consensus that developed economies like Australia must have stronger targets than 45% by 2030.

At the summit, President Biden is intending on announcing the United States’ 2030 target, which early reporting indicates is likely to be in the range of 50% below 2005 levels. This is almost double Australia’s current target - yet it’s still massively short of what’s required.

US Youth Climate movement ‘Sunrise’ is pushing for a 195% reduction of emissions in the US, based on the US having the highest historical emissions since 1950.

Earlier this year, an independent panel of climate scientists and expert policy makers released a report that showed that if Australia is to do it’s fair share of emissions reduction to keep global temperature below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, then Australia must reduce emissions even faster than other nations, with an emissions reduction target of 74% below 2005 emissions by 2030.

Does the Labor Party have a 2030 target?

Labor’s 2030 target is 43%, which is well below what's required to avoid 1.5 degrees of warming. 

It's also lower than Labor's 2016 election target.

What are the consequences if we don’t?

A report from the Australian Academy of Science demonstrated the costs of not meeting these global temperature targets. If the world was to warm by 3°C or more, which the United Nations Environment Programme has recently shown is the current path the world is on without updated emissions reduction targets, it would mean the following for Australia:

  • Regular occurrence of temperatures above 50°C in Sydney and Melbourne
  • Heatwaves in Queensland will occur seven times a year with events lasting 16 days on average
  • Across the top third of Australia, almost every day will be a heat stress day, affecting livestock and the people who manage them
  • The McArthur Forest Fire Danger Index will increase by over 30% in southern and eastern Australia
  • For many locations, historical 1-in-100-year coastal flooding events are occurring more frequently and are likely to occur annually by 2100 under most scenarios

Politically, it would isolate Australia as one of the few nations not doing their fair share. It would weaken our standing in diplomatic negotiations, and potentially subject us to tariffs on our exports. This means that Australian consumers and businesses would suffer for our government’s lack of action.