Australia submits new emissions target to UNFCCC

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16 June 2022

The Australian Government has lodged an updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat. This is part of Australia’s obligations under the Paris Agreement.

The updated NDC:

  • commits Australia to a more ambitious 2030 target. We will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 43% below 2005 levels by 2030, which is a 15 percentage point increase on Australia’s previous 2030 target
  • reaffirms Australia’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050
  • commits the government to providing an annual statement to parliament on progress towards these targets
  • restores Australia’s Climate Change Authority as a source of independent policy advice.

It reflects the government’s resolve to urgently step up action and work alongside global partners to tackle the climate crisis.

The government will implement new policies across the economy to drive the transition to net zero. These policies will:

  • build on existing emissions reduction programs
  • give Australian industry a comprehensive and consistent policy framework
  • encourage Australian households, businesses and communities to embrace the opportunities presented by the transition to net zero.

See the updated NDC on the UNFCCC's registry.

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