Climate Action Tracker brief on Australian Energy “Green Paper”

Published: 30/09/2014

On 23 September 2014, the Australian Government released a “Green Paper” as part of the development of its new Energy White Paper. The paper foresees a future strong growth in coal use globally over the next several decades, and in particular assumes rapid increases in coal demand from Asian economies. The paper proposes to align Australian government policies to facilitate accelerated approval of developments to support this.

In response to the paper, this Climate Action Tracker policy brief shows that increasing coal use over the next several decades is diametrically opposed to the policies needed to limiting warming below 2°C and rather puts the world on track of 4°C warming by 2100.

The Climate Action Tracker is a science-based assessment by Ecofys, Climate Analytics and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) that provides regularly updated information on countries’ reduction proposals.

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