Australia to miss emissions targets: report

An economist from the Australian National University says the government's Direct Action climate change policy is not working. Source: AAP

Australia will not meet its emissions reduction targets, an international group of researchers says.

Australia will not meet its emissions reduction targets of 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, according to research group the Climate Action Tracker.

Australia announced the target ahead of the Paris talks in December.

The unfavourable review rated Australia’s proposal as inadequate, and said the government’s policies would mean the target set by Australia would not be met.

The CAT said Australia’s emissions will increase 27 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030, based on current policy predictions, far from the promised reductions Australia has promised.

The CAT is a joint research effort between five doctors and Professors, who represent four research and consulting groups.

"The policies Australia currently has in place are set to see emissions rise from those levels by 27 per cent," the group said in a statement yesterday.

"Of the nine industrialised countries assessed, Australia ranks eighth on the rate of reduction in per capita emissions, exceeded only by Russia, and eighth on improvement in emissions intensity for the period from 2012 to 2030, with Canada ranking worst."

"Australia stands out as having not just one of the weakest of the climate targets put forward by an industrialised country, but also for having the weakest polices," the CAT said.

Australia’s emissions reductions fact sheet says the targets could be met through its Direct Action Plan, which includes an Emissions Reduction Fund.

The fund is the centrepiece of Australia's action to reduce emissions, by providing incentives for businesses to reduce emissions.

Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, has said the fund had been successful, however some have said the carbon tax would be a more simple and effective method of reducing emissions.

SBS has contacted the Australian Department of the Environment for a response.

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