Australia's action on climate change /Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Commonwealth. Department of Climate Change 2009Description: PDFSubject(s): Climatic Changes Government Policy | Environmental Policy Economic Aspects | Sustainable Development | Green Industries | Renewable Energy Sources | Employment | Employment Training | Environmental Protection | Policy | Climate ChangeOnline Resources: Electronic copy
The Australian Government is acting to reduce carbon pollution, create the jobs of the future and secure Australia's future prosperity. ; The Government has set ambitious targets to reduce Australia's carbon pollution emissions. The goal for Australia is to reduce carbon emissions to 25 per cent below 2000 levels by 2020, if there is a fair contribution from all emitters around the world to take strong action to reduce the risk of dangerous climate change by restraining atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases to 450 parts per million. That's reducing the average emissions of every Australian by almost a half over the next ten years. ; If the world is unable to reach agreement on a 450 parts per million target, we will still reduce our emissions in Australia by between 5 and 15 per cent below 2000 levels by 2020. To deliver these targets, prepare our economy for the future and protect our environment, the Government will introduce the Carbon Pollution Reduction sheme in 2011. We recognise our responsibility to act on behalf of future generations. We will strengthen our effort to prepare Australia for a low carbon pollution future through the Renewable Energy Target, research and development of clean energy, and measures to help households, businesses, communities and regions transition to a low carbon future.