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Australia will never disown Kyoto credits: PM

Phillip CooreyPolitical editor

Scott Morrison has told Pacific leaders Australia will not rely on its Kyoto credits when meeting its 2030 emissions reductions targets, but neither will the nation disown the achievement because it was delivered on the back of sacrifice.

Mr Morrison was scheduled to speak to a Pacific Islands climate forum Friday night and confirm that the government had dropped plans to count the Kyoto carry-over credits in order to achieve its Paris commitment to reduce emissions by 26 per cent to 28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030.

Australia will not use Kyoto credits to meet its Paris target but nor will it disown them, Scott Morrison said. Getty Images

Australia had been under strong pressure internationally to not count the Kyoto credits, which were the excess emissions reductions achieved in beating the 2020 Kyoto target.

But Mr Morrison's decision not to use them to achieve the 2030 target was not deemed sufficiently ambitious by the British and the Europeans to secure a speaking spot at a UN Climate Ambitions Summit to be held on Saturday night.

Mr Morrison had planned to make the Kyoto announcement at that summit, hosted by his British counterpart Boris Johnson, but was snubbed. China, despite being the largest single contributor to global emissions, was given a spot on the basis it has pledged to achieve net zero emissions by 2060.

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2020/12/12 21:11