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International climate change commitments

Australia is playing its part in the global challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Australia is party to the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement came into force in 2016. It builds on ongoing international efforts to address climate change under the:

The Paris Agreement aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by:

  • holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels
  • pursuing efforts to limit temperature increase to 1.5°C

Under the Paris Agreement, Australia must submit emissions reduction commitments known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Australia first communicated its NDC in 2015, committing to an ambitious economy-wide target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28% below 2005 levels by 2030.

Australia recommunicated its NDC in 2020, affirming Australia’s 2030 target and outlining Australia’s practical, technology-focused approach to driving emission reductions, including new action and measures undertaken since 2015.

Australia will submit its next NDC, with a post–2030 target, to the UNFCCC in 2025.

Meeting Australia’s obligations

Our department works with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Agriculture, Water and Energy to negotiate and meet Australia’s obligations under the Paris Agreement.

Our role includes:

We also participate in a range of multilateral forums and bilateral partnerships to promote Australia’s climate change interests. These partnerships strengthen the global response to climate change.

Australia-Singapore Low Emissions Memorandum of Understanding

Our department is delivering a MoU with Singapore to advance cooperation on low emissions technologies and solutions. This agreement builds on Australia and Singapore’s comprehensive strategic partnership and demonstrates our shared ambition to drive low-emissions solutions to support an effective global climate change response.

The MoU will support the development and uptake of new and emerging low emissions technologies with practical collaboration on:

  • hydrogen
  • carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS)
  • renewable energy trade
  • measurement
  • reporting and verification (MRV) of emissions.

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Last updated: 18 June 2021

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