The Climate Change Authority is inviting Australians to have their say on 2035 emissions reduction targets to be included in Australia’s new Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement. 

The authority has today released an issues paper entitled Targets, Pathways and Progress, presenting its latest thinking on its three major projects. 

This year the authority will be advising government on Australia’s 2035 emissions reduction targets, pathways for 6 sectors to support Australia achieve net zero by 2050 (electricity and energy, transport, industry and waste, agriculture and land, resources and the built environment), and the Minister’s third Annual Climate Change Statement to Parliament. 

“The evidence we have considered so far suggests a 2035 emissions reduction target in the range of 65% to 75% below 2005 levels would be ambitious, and could be achievable if additional action is taken by governments, business, investors and households,” said Brad Archer, CEO of the authority. 

“In developing our advice we are looking at the latest science, economic data, technological developments, and the opportunities and impacts for Australians, including First Nations peoples and those in rural and regional areas” Mr Archer said. 

“To assist the authority finalise its recommendations to the government, we invite Australians to respond to the 14 questions detailed in the issues paper. 

“We also want to hear personal perspectives and experiences with climate change, and suggestions about how Australian governments can support the wellbeing of workers, communities and regions as the nation decarbonises,” Mr Archer said. 

The authority will provide its advice on sectoral pathways by 1 August, and on Australia’s 2035 emissions reduction targets, as well as its third annual progress report, to the government later this year. 

Submissions can be made via the authority’s Consultation Hub(Opens in a new tab/window) until 17:00 AEST on 14 May 2024.

The following related information is available on the authority’s website:

Sectoral Pathways Project

2035 Emissions reduction targets

CCA Glossary

Media inquiries:

Patrick Southam, Reputation Edge

M: 0419 415 998

E: psoutham@reputationedge.com.au

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