Australia's Paris Agreement Pathways

Australia's Paris Agreement Pathways



Climate Targets Panel, January 2021


The Secretary General of the United Nations has made it clear that the world’s current greenhouse reduction pledges are not enough to limit global warming to well below 2°C, the goal of the Paris Agreement, and has beseeched the parties to the Paris Agreement to more rapidly cut pollution. United States President Joe Biden has signalled that he will hold a global summit in the first 100 days of his presidency, at which he will ask countries to do more. Later in 2021, countries of the world will meet at the next global climate summit, the Conference of the Parties, where they will be asked to lift their emissions-reduction ambitions. To do its fair share and to be compliant with the goals of the Paris Agreement, Australia must increase its emissions reduction targets. Australia’s own Climate Change Authority (CCA) produced a key review in 2014, which set out the targets Australia needed to follow to help limit global warming to less than 2°C. Since then, the CCA has not updated this research. The authors of the current paper, the Climate Targets Panel, have prepared this report to ensure that debate about the targets Australia takes to these upcoming summits to meet the Paris Agreement 2°C goal are informed by sound science and policy. The Climate Targets Panel is an independent group of Australia’s most senior climate scientists and policymakers who have come together for the purpose of ensuring that debate about Australia’s emissions reductions targets are informed by sound science and policy. Concerned that the federal CCA has not published any comprehensive analysis of Australia’s climate targets since 2014, but given that Australia’s climate targets will be a focus in 2021, this ad hoc group has come together to update the CCA’s 2014 analysis to help inform the Australian debate.

The Authors

John Hewson AM, Professor Will Steffen, Professor Lesley Hughes and A/Prof Malte Meinshausen

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