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the carbon brief profile: australia

The Carbon Brief Profile: Australia

Australia had the world’s 15th largest greenhouse gas emissions in 2015 and its citizens’ per-capita contribution is around three times the global average. It is the world’s second largest coal exporter and recently became the top exporter of liquified natural gas (LNG). Its electricity system remains heavily reliant on coal, despite ramping up the use of gas and renewables, especially rooftop solar.

bill shorten is set to unveil labor’s climate change policy over the coming weeks

Labor edges away from using Kyoto credits to reach Paris target

In his strongest comments to date, the Labor leader said over the weekend he recognised that other countries had resolved not to use the accounting system that allows countries to count credits from exceeding their targets under the soon-to-be-obsolete Kyoto protocol periods against their Paris emissions reduction commitments for 2030.

modelling by baeconomics has found lifting australia’s emissions reduction target

Climate modelling cited by Angus Taylor did not model Labor policy

The modelling states that it “does not attempt to estimate the possible economic consequences linked to climate change itself”, implicitly ignoring the benefits to Australia of mitigating climate change through stricter targets.

the morrison government is attempting to spark divisions between labor and the union movement

Morrison government seeks to divide Labor and unions over emissions

The Morrison government, which is battling a persistent internal fracture on energy policy, is attempting to foment divisions between Labor and the union movement over the opposition’s 45% emissions reduction target in the run up to the election.

greens climate spokesman adam bandt calls the morrison government’s decision to use carry-over credits to meet its paris target

Greens demand documents on ‘dodgy’ carry-over credits for Paris target

The move by the Greens to extract documents relevant to the decision is an effort to keep the spotlight both on the Coalition’s decision to count a 367-megatonne contribution from carry-over credits, and also on Labor, with the opposition yet to take a decision on whether it will follow suit.

the investor group on climate change has questioned the coalition’s investments in the snowy 2.0 project

Coalition’s climate policy reboot won’t do much for emissions, investor group warns

The IGCC, a group that represents institutional investors such as super funds, with total funds under management of about $2tn, has told its members Morrison’s “climate solutions package” won’t change the current trajectory of rising emissions because it is “small scale and unlikely to be a durable policy framework through time”.

scott morrison with angus taylor and melissa price during a visit to a power station

Coalition says Labor must use Kyoto credits – but also that they make little difference

The opposition leader, Bill Shorten, on Monday described the use of carryover credits to meet targets as “technically possible” while criticising the government’s record on emissions reduction. He did not rule out Labor also using the on-paper measure.

bill shorten is still ‘taking advice’ on climate policy and won’t rule out carryover carbon credits from the kyoto protocol

Labor still ‘taking advice’ on including Kyoto carryover credits

Labor is still “taking advice” on whether its climate policies would include carryover carbon credits from the Kyoto protocol to help meet its 45% emissions reduction target by 2030 – a move seen more as an accounting trick than a real-world reduction in carbon.

angus taylor repeatedly stated emissions had decreased by 1% in an interview on the abc’s insiders program

Angus Taylor again falsely claims Australia’s greenhouse emissions are falling

The latest report released by the environment department, looking at emissions between September 2017 and September 2018, showed total emissions in Australia had increased by 0.9%, continuing a pattern of increases over the past five years.

emissions for the year to september 2018 were up 0.9% on the previous year, primarily due to a 19.7% increase in lng exports

Australia’s annual emissions continue to rise, driven by LNG production

Emissions for the year to September 2018 went up 0.9% on the previous year, according to the latest inventory, primarily due to a 19.7% increase in LNG exports, but there were also increases in stationary energy, transport, fugitives, industrial processes and waste sectors.

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