Setting Australia’s emissions reduction targets

This year, Australia and other countries will announce new emissions reduction targets for the period beyond 2020 as its contribution to the global task of addressing climate change.

The Minister for the Environment has asked the Climate Change Authority to recommend targets for Australia. This requires a broad assessment of relevant evidence and value judgments. Targets must be adequate to the challenge identified by climate science, comparable to the efforts of other countries and balanced in light of the costs and benefits of reducing Australia’s emissions. In April, the Authority will release its draft report on post-2020 targets for consultation. At this public forum, the panel discussed the Authority’s draft recommendations and considered how Australia should contribute to global climate action.

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