Affirming Australia’s net zero emissions by 2050 target

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30 October 2021

The Australian Government has communicated an updated and enhanced Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat.

We submit these detailed documents as part of Australia’s obligations under the Paris Agreement.

The updated NDC:

  • adopts a target of net zero emissions by 2050
  • commits to Australia’s 7 low emissions technology stretch goals
  • reaffirms Australia’s target to reduce emissions by 26 - 28% below 2005 levels by 2030
  • adds Australia will exceed this by up to 9 percentage points.

Australia now has a target to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, and a detailed and comprehensive technology-led plan to achieve it. Australia’s emissions projections 2021 demonstrate that we are already on track to reduce emissions by up to 35% below 2005 levels by 2030.

The low emissions technology stretch goals set out in Australia’s Long-Term Emissions Reduction Plan and Technology Investment Roadmap will enable us achieve this target.

Including our 2050 target and technology stretch goals in the NDC signals the strength of Australia’s conviction that they are fundamental to achieving net zero in Australia and globally. This is a level of ambition beyond what other countries have committed to in their NDCs.

Australia takes this commitment to the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26), where representatives from around the world will meet to tackle climate change.

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