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France warned Australia against “hollow and empty” climate rhetoric and urged the country to commit to reducing its emissions by at least 45% by 2030.
Returning Ambassador Jean-Pierre Thebault issued a thinly veiled warning against becoming “an accidental ally of the (few) remaining who resist action”.
“The United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, the EU have shown the way by all greatly increasing their already strong commitments. New Zealand has just joined. The time for procrastination is over,” he said. he told the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday.
“Every nation is responsible in what it does to its neighbors, to the whole world – where the words are hollow and empty.”
Thebault pointed out that Australia was one of the world’s largest emitters of carbon dioxide per capita.
He stressed that the country could do well by committing to reduce its emissions by at least 45% this decade, calling it a “slight effort above 35% (projection)”.
“Australia could immediately embark on the necessary transformation of its economy with concrete measures to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Thebault.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to lift the coalition’s commitment to 2030 above the 26-28% cut made in 2015.
Instead, Australia presented the COP26 summit in Glasgow with an updated projection of a 30-35% reduction.
Former coalition finance minister Mathias Cormann has called for a global carbon price after helping take down Australia’s world-leading mechanism while in government.
Now Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Cormann has presented a globally consistent carbon price as the best way to reduce emissions.
“I have always been of the opinion that if we had a sufficiently comprehensive and consistently applied carbon price globally, this would be the most efficient way to achieve net zero by 2050,” he said. he told ABC radio.
While serving under the Abbott and Turnbull governments, Mr Cormann helped reverse Labor’s carbon price, which the coalition called economically unwise.
“Ten years ago, there was not a sufficiently comprehensive global agreement on emissions pricing,” he said.
“Efforts in individual jurisdictions will only help us reduce global greenhouse gas emissions if they contribute to a net reduction in global emissions.”
Mr Morrison in Glasgow sought to position Australia as a country that would help developing countries reduce their emissions and prepare for natural disasters.
“You have to reduce the costs of these low emission technologies so that they are feasible, therefore scalable, therefore affordable, not just in developed countries,” he told reporters during a fuel shutdown in the Emirates. United Arabs are on their way home from COP26.
Mr. Morrison declined to criticize China for not attending the conference.
“We weren’t there to lecture others… we were there to focus on what we were going to do,” he said.
Australia was one of more than 100 countries to sign a declaration to curb deforestation.
But he refused to join a global pledge to cut methane emissions by 30% this decade.
Energy Minister Angus Taylor insisted Australia “is not setting specific sectoral targets”.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese was on a rare unity ticket with the coalition over methane emissions.
“We need to reduce emissions as much as possible. But it would have been premature for Australia to sign this pledge,” he told reporters.
Associated Australian Press