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Coalition savaged for claiming it is committed to net zero by 2050 but would ditch 2030 emissions target

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Coalition faced criticism after leader Peter Dutton suggested scrapping the 2030 emissions reduction target while claiming commitment to the net zero by 2050 goal
• Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen accused the Coalition of contradicting their climate commitments

🔭 The context: The 2030 target, a 43% reduction in emissions from 2005 levels, aligns with the Paris Agreement's goals
• Dutton’s stance could jeopardize Australia’s international climate commitments and weaken investor confidence in sustainable energy projects

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Adhering to the 2030 target is crucial for limiting global warming to 1.5°C, a key objective of the Paris Agreement
• Abandoning short-term targets undermines long-term climate goals and risks increased greenhouse gas emissions

⏭️ What's next: The Coalition plans to release a comprehensive climate policy, including a nuclear power strategy
• The government remains focused on achieving the 2030 target, while the opposition's approach emphasizes a longer timeline and different energy mix

💬 One quote: "There can be no backsliding. If you reduce your target, then you’re in breach of the Paris accord," said Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen

📈 One stat: Departmental projections indicated Australia is likely to achieve a 42% emissions cut by 2030 based on current policies

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