Almost 200 countries and organizations have agreed to phase out the world’s single most significant contributor to a huge issue. But Australia isn’t there. Nearly 200 governments and organizations have decided to phase out the world’s most important contributor to world’s biggest coal users, including India, China, and the US – were notably missing from the list.– coal power. One hundred ninety on to a Global Gola to Clean Power Transition Statement, a pledge to phase out coal power over the next 20 years, at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. While the move is a significant step, some of the
Australia is also a highly coal-dependent country missing. Those who joined included Canada, Poland, Egypt, Vietnam, and Chile and committed to phasing out coal for electricity generation. In 2020, 54 percent ofcame from coal. “Coal is dirtier than you think,” explained independent climate think tank Ember’s methane analyst, Anatoli Smirnov. The Grattan Institute warned that for Australia to reach its net-zero by 2050 goal, some Australian exports, “such as coal and liquefied natural gas, will need to be replaced”.
“Getting to net zero by 2050 will be hard, but there is more to be gained than lost aslead author, Grattan Institute Energy,y, and Climate Change Policy Director Tony Wood. “If we start now and play smart, we can use our vast resources of minerals and to more than replace the export revenues and jobs we currently get from fossil fuels.” The Morrison government is transparent in its position that it doesn’t need to cut coal to reach , but the summit’s British hosts see it as crucial to put the world on track to limit global warming.
“The end of coal is in sight. The world is moving in the right direction, standing ready to seal coal’s fate and embrace the environmental and economic benefits of building a future powered byBritish business and energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said. When probed in Rome on conversations with UK PM Boris Johnson, Mr. Morrison said: “Those matters have been worked through, through the shapes and the communique. There’s quite a large group of nations that are, hold similar concerns about this”.
He was again questioned in Rome and reiterated Australia’s stance: “Our policy is apparent. We are not engaged in those sorts of form of our economy is very different tfrom many of those, So we’ll all get on this path. That’s what we’re doing. “But we’ve always got to make our path, and the Australian way is our path, and that’s what I’m here to talk about and be faithful to.”. That’s not the policy and won’t be the Australian Government’s policy. “All countries are approaching this task from different places, and their economies are other. And as a global community, we’ve got to understand that. “Developing countries have different challenges to those in Europe. Indeed, Australia’s economy in the shape and
The Australian Climate Council congratulated countries like Poland – which ranks ninth for coal consumption – but said Australia is “nowhere in sight”. “This is coal’s curtain call,” Climate Councillor Professor Will Steffen said in a statement. “It is a significant global commitment, and the world’s second-largest exporter of thermal coal, Australia, is nowhere in sight. “First, we refused tomethane pledge. “Australia is so out of step and out of touch with the rest of the world, and that’s going to harm our economy, climate, and future prosperity.” Under Australia’s net-zero by 2050 plan, more than $20 billion will be invested in low emissions technologies, including . The plan also revealed Australia would reduce its emissions by up to 35 percent by 2030, upon the 28 percent projection. But, the modeling which has shaped the Government’s plan will not be released until a “later time”.