WORLD Australian Deputy PM announces support to 2050 net zero


Australian Deputy PM announces support to 2050 net zero


09:03, October 25, 2021

CANBERRA, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Australia's Deputy Prime Minister (PM) has announced support for a 2050 net zero emissions target.

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Barnaby Joyce, the leader of the National Party, recently said his party has agreed to support a "process" to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

It paves the way for PM Scott Morrison to commit to a net zero target at the upcoming United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference - also known as COP26 - in Glasgow.

The Nationals, which form the governing Coalition with Morrison's Liberals, have previously ruled out support for net zero target, arguing it would jeopardize jobs in regional areas.

Following the party room meeting Joyce said he expected a "firm commitment" to regional Australia in Morrison's climate plan, which he will present to Cabinet before departing for Glasgow later this week.

"We are in support of a process going forward that would go towards a 2050 emissions target," Joyce told reporters on Sunday afternoon.

"Obviously, that's dependent upon what we see in the Cabinet submission reflecting the conversations and the agreements between myself and the Prime Minister."

Morrison welcomed the Nationals' decision.

"I thank the deputy PM for his leadership and his colleagues for their considered support. I greatly respect the process they have undertaken in reaching this decision," he said.

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