Labor Set 43% Emissions Reduction Target, Climate Policies Ahead of 2022 Federal Election | Liverpool City Champion
Labor will carry a 43 percent emissions reduction target for 2030 in the next election after the shadow cabinet approves the plan.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese is expected to announce the much-anticipated target after a special Labor caucus meeting in Canberra on Friday morning.
The Labor Party’s new target exceeds both the Coalition’s official 2030 target and the government’s projection that emissions will drop 35% by the end of the decade, paving the way for a major fight against the climate change in the run-up to federal elections.
The selection of a new target has been a closely watched process even within upper Labor ranks, amid fears that the details of the politically contentious policy would be disclosed if they were widely shared among the first MPs.
Mr Albanese and his ministers pushed back questions about Labor’s possible 2030 target for weeks, as they focused on attacking the Morrison government’s climate policies and its performance at the summit on Glasgow’s climate.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a net zero commitment by 2050 ahead of the UN climate summit in Glasgow, after reaching a secret deal with the Nationals after weeks of internal unrest.
But Mr Morrison has resisted domestic and international pressure to increase the Tony Abbott-era Coalition’s goal of reducing emissions from 26% to 28% from 2005 levels, choosing instead to announce the new prediction.
Mr Morrison also signaled that the coalition would snub a key clause in the Glasgow climate pact that calls on countries to return to the top next year with higher targets for 2030.
Labor’s new target falls short of the 45% target former leader Bill Shorten set himself in the failed 2019 election. Mr Albanese called the policy a “mistake” after taking his leadership functions.
But the political landscape has changed since then, as evidenced by a major shift from the Business Council of Australia.
According to reports, Labor’s new target will be underpinned by modeling and accompanied by a range of other climate policies.
The climate has long been a contentious and contentious issue for Labor. The party has been torn between appealing to progressive inner-city voters who want a stronger target, while trying to convince regional electorates in New South Wales and Queensland that deeper emissions cuts won’t force not the closure of traditional industries.
Labor’s examination of its surprise defeat in the 2019 election revealed that its confused stance on the Adani Coal Mine and anti-coal rhetoric “devastated” its support in the Queensland and Hunter region.
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