Morrison has been under pressure from allies
, compresi gli Stati Uniti, to announce a more ambitious climate pledge
, with Australia’s target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions sitting well below those made by the US
, European Union and UK
, among other developed nations
“That’s an important environmental goal,” Morrison ha detto. “But what’s important is Australia’s economy goes from strength to strength and the livelihoods and the lives that Australians know, particularly in rural and regional areas, are able to go forward with hope, and with confidence, and that’s what my plan will be all about.”
Lo scorso mese, Morrison detto the West Australian newspaper he hadn’t made any final decision on whether to attend the climate talks
He said he’d already spent multiple weeks in hotel quarantine following other recent trips and needed to focus on the country’s reopening after an extended lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19
Più di 100 world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, have confirmed their attendance at COP26, which starts on October 31. Leaders of the G20, which includes Australia, will be convening in Rome ahead of the talks.
Australia is one of a handful of countries that did not increase its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions when registering its official update on its climate plans to the UN last year. It sent its update on December 31 with little fanfare, keeping its target to a 26-28% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, a partire dal 2005 livelli.
The Australian Climate Council, which is independent of the government, has suggested the country slash emissions by 75% di 2030, rispetto a 2005 livelli, to help contain global warming to 1.5 gradi centigradi.
Più di 190 countries signed up to the Paris Agreement in 2015, in which they committed to trying to contain global warming to 2 degrees — but preferably 1.5 degrees — above pre-industrial levels to stave off the more catastrophic impacts of the climate crisis.