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Australia’s whole-of-economy Long-Term Emissions Reduction Plan is our plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

Through the Plan, we will achieve net zero emissions by 2050 in a practical, responsible way that will take advantage of new economic opportunities while continuing to serve our traditional markets.

The Plan focuses on technology. The Technology Investment Roadmap is the cornerstone of the plan, and prioritises technologies that will help Australia cut emissions while creating jobs and growing our economy.

The Plan outlines how we will:

  • drive down the cost of low emissions technologies
  • deploy these technologies at scale
  • help our regional industries and communities seize economic opportunities in new and traditional markets
  • work with other countries on the technologies needed to decarbonise the world’s economy.

These actions will get Australia to net zero emissions by 2050 without jeopardising our economy, jobs, prosperity or way of life.

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The Plan was updated on 29 October 2021 with minor corrections including typography, formatting and referencing.

Modelling and analysis for the Plan was updated on 16 November 2021 with minor corrections including typography, formatting and referencing.

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Australia’s Long-Term Emissions Reduction Plan brings together and builds on other Australian Government strategies.

Our department is responsible for these supporting strategies:

  • Technology Investment Roadmap: the main strategy guiding Australia’s technology-first approach to emissions reduction.
  • National Hydrogen Strategy: developed with state and territory governments, this strategy sets a vision for a clean, innovative, safe and competitive hydrogen industry that benefits all Australians.
  • Future Fuels and Vehicles Strategy: the government’s technology-led approach to reducing emissions in the transport sector.
  • Modern Manufacturing Strategy: a strategy for Australia to be recognised as a high-quality and sustainable manufacturing nation that helps to deliver a strong, modern and resilient economy for all Australians.
  • Critical Minerals Strategy: will position Australia as a leading global supplier of the minerals that will underpin the industries of the future.
  • Global Resources Strategy: a strategy to diversify and strengthen Australia’s resource export markets.

Other supporting strategies

  • AEMO Integrated System Plan: the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) plan to efficiently develop the National Electricity Market over the next 20 years and beyond.
  • Bioenergy Roadmap: an Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) report outlining how bioenergy could help reduce Australia’s emissions.
  • National Energy Productivity Plan: Australia’s energy ministers developed this package of measures to improve Australia’s energy productivity by 40% between 2015 and 2030.
  • Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings: Australia’s energy ministers developed this national plan to achieve zero-energy-ready commercial and residential buildings.
  • National Waste Policy and Action Plan: a policy and plan for collective national action on waste management, recycling and resource recovery to 2030.
  • National Soil Strategy: developed by the Department of Agriculture, Energy and Water, this strategy sets out how Australia will value, manage and improve its soil for the next 20 years.
  • Delivering Ag2030: developed by the Department of Agriculture, Energy and Water, this plan sets the foundations for Australia’s agriculture sector to grow to $100 billion by 2030.
  • Our North Our Future: the Office of Northern Australia’s 20-year framework to support economic growth in northern Australia.

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