WWF has welcomed the release of a public consultation paper to determine Australia’s carbon pollution reduction targets post 2020 but said it lacks the scientific rigour needed to make the right decision on greenhouse gas reductions.
WWF-Australia’s National Manager for Climate Change Kellie Caught said it was in the interests of all Australians to make the best decision on pollution reduction targets based on the best available science.
“As one of the biggest threats facing Australia now and future generations, the Government has done the right thing by consulting with the public on the role Australia will play in solving climate change," said WWF, National Manager Climate Change, Kellie Caught.
“Australia is already feeling the effects of rising temperatures, sea level rises and more extreme weather. Climate Change is already impacting on our food, farmers, infrastructure, and the places and people we love.
“It’s in our national interest to cut our carbon pollution as quickly as possible and transition to a cleaner more sustainable economy.
“Australia’s’ pollution reduction target should be based on what the science is telling us is needed. At a minimum this should be consistent with the global goal of keeping global warming below 2 degrees.
“The target should also take into account our historical obligation, our wealth and per capita emissions. We shouldn’t expect poor countries to lift above their weight.
“The Governments discussion paper however doesn’t even mention the global goal of 2 degrees and instead suggests Australia will follow a path that is consistent with a 4 degree temperature rise, which is a worrying signal."
Based on scientific analysis, WWF will be urging the Government to lift is currently weak 2020 target from 5 to 25% below 2000 levels and support a 2030 target of between 60-80% below 2000 levels.
“Not only can Australia afford to follow the science, in doing so we can build a more sustainable nation for the next generation,” Ms Caught said.
“It’s in our national interest to join with those countries that are leading on action and not sit and wait.”
WWF-Australia Media Contact:
Charlie Stevens, Senior Communications Officer