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Australia commits to net zero greenhouse emissions by 2050

Australia’s PM has revealed plans to net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2050, while protecting its existing industries. Meanwhile, setting up Australia as a leader in low emanations technologies.

The PM on Tuesday delivered a much awaited long standing plan to seek the objective, only days prior to traveling to a worldwide climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, where he’s expected to confront pressure to do more to handle environmental change.

Is the decision taken under pressure?

The Morrison government has been feeling the international pressure to focus on significant climate change measures, including from COP26 president Alok Sharma.

Climate pundits said his net zero plans needed clarity and were intensely dependent on the technologies like hydrogen energy and carbon capture and storage.

Morrison will go to COP26, hesitantly, with the most fragile environment plan among the G20’s developed countries. The leader has additionally overlooked months of calls to expand the nation’s vow to cut down greenhouse gas emissions.

What do net-zero greenhouse emissions mean?

The government’s vow to arrive at net zero implies that, by 2050, the measure of carbon dioxide Australia is removing from the air should be the same or more than, the sum it is emitting.

Some experts, including the United Nations, define the meaning of net zero. In a video, the UN depicts it as slicing emissions as close to zero as possible; “Any remaining emissions must be reabsorbed, including by healthy oceans and forests.”

The plan to reduce emissions

The Plan depends on Australia’s current approaches and will run on five principles that will guarantee Australia’s shift to a net-zero economy without putting industries, regions or jobs at risk.

The principles are: technology not taxes; expand choices not mandates; drive down the cost of a range of new technologies; keep energy prices down with affordable and reliable power; and, be accountable for progress.

Australia is a world leader in renewable energy, and cheap, clean power is vital to bringing down emissions in the electricity sector and different enterprises in Australia.

Also read: Climate Change: The World On “Catastrophic Pathway”, UN Reports

The focus of the net-zero greenhouse emissions

The focus point of the plan was cutting down the general expense of low emissions technologies, which would result in an accelerating deployment at scale across the economy. Hydrogen, for instance, has a production cost of under $2 a kilogram.

The PM said; “Our plan works with Australians to accomplish this objective. Our arrangement empowers them, it doesn’t legislate, it doesn’t order, it doesn’t compel them. It regards them and comprehends that Australians need to do this. They need to secure their industries.” He further added that the strategy depended on decisions, not orders.

The climate council has determined that Australia ought to decrease its emissions by 75% below 2005 levels by 2030. It must accomplish net-zero by 2035 to do its reasonable share in containing global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Australia’s emissions are already more than 20% lower than 2005 levels. The Technology Investment Map will decrease emissions by around 40%, global technology trends will diminish emissions by 15%, and high-integrity balances will accomplish a further 10 per cent decrease.


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