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VIDEO: Australia's bold climate progress and community drive

November 30, 2023

The Week in Sustainability – November 27–December 1

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Australia's ambitious climate goals: On the verge of COP28

As we gear up for COP28, Australia has made notable climate strides that can't go unnoticed. Under Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, the country has set ambitious goals to reduce emissions by 43% by 2030, a significant leap from the previous 28% target. At COP28, Energy Minister Chris Bowen will present a report indicating that Australia is on track for a 37% reduction with existing programs while aiming for 42%. Here are just a few bold steps Australia has taken on climate action:

  1. Safeguard mechanism in heavy industry: A groundbreaking policy compels industrial facilities emitting over 100,000 metric tons of CO2e annually to cut emissions. This policy includes mining and oil and gas production facilities, marking a significant step towards reducing emissions.
  2. Electric vehicle (EV) strategy: Despite the absence of a new fuel efficiency standard, Australia's EV strategy is promising, focusing on infrastructure and charging access. The federal push is encouraging more EV brands to enter the market, signifying a shift in the supply-demand balance.
  3. Rapid adoption of rooftop solar: Australia is the fastest-growing rooftop solar market globally, reflecting the community's strong desire for an energy transition. Policies at federal, state, and council levels support renewable home energy, though affordability remains a challenge.

Community's role in climate action

The climate policy in Australia is not just top-down; community involvement is pivotal. This week, climate activists organized a protest in Newcastle, arresting 109 people for blocking coal shipping and emphasizing the public's demand for swifter climate action. The protest, including diverse participants like retired coal miners and high school students, underscores a collective push for a just and swift transition away from fossil fuels.

Australia's climate action, backed by government policies and community activism, is a beacon of hope. As we witness these developments, it's clear that a sustainable future is not just a vision but can be an achievable reality.

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1. BBC, "Climate protest: More than 100 arrested at world's largest coal port." Accessed November 26, 2023

2. The Guardian, "Cop28: Australia to bring evidence it can meet 2030 climate target but pressure builds over fossil fuel." Accessed November 25, 2023

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Hannah Asofsky
Hannah Asofsky is a sustainability data analyst at Sustain.Life.
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