"According to present national commitments, global emissions are set to increase by almost 14 per cent in the 2020s. Last year alone, global energy-related CO2 emissions grew by 6 per cent to their highest levels in history. Coal emissions have surged to record highs. We are sleepwalking to climate catastrophe."
- By accelerating the phase-out of coal and all fossil fuels and implementing a rapid, just and sustainable energy transition -- the only true pathway to energy security.
- By honouring the Glasgow pledge to strengthen national climate plans every year until they are aligned with 1.5 degrees.
- By delivering concrete outcomes this year on climate coalitions to help emerging economies urgently phase out coal.
- By driving a swift and transformative increase in climate finance with multilateral development banks leading on unlocking the trillions that we know are needed.
- By speeding up the decarbonization of major sectors such as shipping, aviation, steel and cement.
- And by protecting the most vulnerable and ensuring an equal focus on adaptation.
See has video comments at ABC News.
The reaction from the Australian Government was lead by Communications minister, Paul Fletcher. He told ABC News Breakfast the “chattering classes of the UN can say what they want” while Australia was “delivering outcomes” like a 20 percent emissions reduction since 2005. That was a “better performance” than the US, Canada, and New Zealand, Fletcher said.
The claims by Fletcher don't stack up. Most of that 20 per cent reduction has been from reduction in land clearing. 2005 was a peak in landclearing, like 1990 was for the Kyoto Protocol and the Australia clause, which allowed Australia to increase emissions by 8 percent. In Madrid in 2019 Australia wanted to be able to carry roll over excess Kyoto credits for the Paris Agreement, undermining the negotiations. While electricity and agriculture sectors have seen a recent fall, this has been compensated by some other sectors, particularly fugitive emissions and transport seeing a rise in emissions. If you exclude LULUCF emissions we are performing worse than some comparable countries.
See Australia Institute report from May 2021: New Analysis: Australia doing less than other countries on climate.
Meanwhile, Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor is expanding government funding for gas expansion. "an additional $50.3 million will be invested in seven priority projects, as well as key carbon capture and storage infrastructure." was announced by the Minister on March 22.
- United Nations, 21 March 2022, Secretary-General's remarks to Economist Sustainability Summit, https://www.un.org/sg/en/node/262502
- ABC News, 22 March 2022, Simon Bradshaw, head of research at the Climate Council. VIDEO: 'Ongoing discontent' internationally on Australia's climate action, https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-22/ongoing-discontent-internationally-on-australias/13806792