REDUCING EMISSIONS

Australia accounts for 1.3% of global emissions. We have made significant commitments to reduce our emissions.

Australia beat its 2020 Kyoto targets by 459 million tonnes.

We are on track to beat our Paris commitment to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

On a per-person basis, this is a greater reduction than the commitments of the EU, Germany, Canada, New Zealand or Japan.

The most recent update from Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory shows:

  • Emissions are lower than in 2013 when the Coalition came into Government.
  • Emissions are over 16% lower than in 2005. (This compares to a 0% reduction for Canada and a 1% reduction for New Zealand.)
  • Emissions per person are also at their lowest levels in 30 years, falling by over 44% since 1990.

Rather than imposing taxes, we are investing in technology.

The Government’s technology led plan includes investing in: clean hydrogen; electricity storage; low emissions steel and aluminium production; carbon capture and storage; and soil carbon sequestration.

The recent Budget invests $1.4 billion for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency to invest in next generation technologies to cut emissions in agriculture, manufacturing, industry and transport.

This focus on technology complements other policies, including the $3.5 billion Climate Solutions package.

This includes the $2 billion Climate Solutions Fund, which supports farmers, landholders and Indigenous communities with practical projects, like capturing methane from landfills and storing carbon in forests and soils.

INVESTING IN RENEWABLE ENERGY

Australia is a world leader in renewable energy investment.

In 2019, Australia deployed new renewable energy ten times faster per capita than the global average and four times faster per capita than in Europe, China, Japan or the United States.

Australia has the world’s highest (per capita) uptake of rooftop solar. Nearly one in four Australian homes have solar on their roof.

We are working to ensure renewables are more reliable.

We are investing in Snowy 2.0, one of the largest renewable energy projects in the southern hemisphere. It will increase capacity by 2,000 megawatts – enough for 500,000 homes.

Tasmania’s Battery and the Marinus Link (a second interconnector between Tasmania and Victoria) will bring 1,500 megawatts of Tasmanian hydro power to the mainland.

We are investing in further transmission projects such as Project Energy Connect (linking SA, Victoria and NSW) and VNI West (linking Victoria and NSW).

By strengthening the grid we will enable electricity to be shifted and shared across Australia, making it more accessible and affordable.

MORE RECYCLING & LESS WASTE

Australians create around 67 million tonnes of waste each year. We want to see less waste going to landfill and ending up in oceans, and more being re-used and recycled.

The Morrison Government is banning the export of plastic, paper, tyres and glass waste.

In the words of the Prime Minister: “It’s our waste, it’s our responsibility”.

The recent Budget invests $250 million to modernise our recycling infrastructure and stop more than 600,000 tonnes of waste ending up in landfill.

This will also help to create a further 10,000 jobs.

The Australian Recycling Investment Plan will increase Australia’s recycling rates, tackle plastic waste and litter, accelerate work on a new battery recycling scheme and halve food waste by 2030.

PROTECTING THE BARRIER REEF

The Great Barrier Reef is a global tourism icon, a wonder of the natural world, and critically important to the Queensland and national economies. It contributes around $6.4 billion a year to Australia’s economy, supporting 64,000 jobs.

We are committed to protecting it.

In 2015, it was this Government that banned dredging in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

We are investing $1.9 billion in our Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan, to improve water quality, fight crown of thorns starfish and conduct research into restoration and adaptation.

PROTECTING NATIONAL PARKS

The recent Budget makes the biggest single investment in Australia’s Commonwealth National Parks, injecting $233 million to upgrade facilities in Uluru, Kakadu, Christmas Island and Booderee National Park.

LANDCARE

We are investing around $1 billion for the next phase of the National Landcare Program from 2018 to 2023.

This includes Land Partnerships, to protect our threatened ecological communities, restore our globally-important wetlands, and support recovery efforts for threatened species.

CLEANER OCEANS AND WATERWAYS

Our $100 million Environment Restoration Fund will improve the water quality of the Yarra, Swan and Canning, Torrens, Brisbane, Georges, Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers.

CLEANER AND GREENER COMMUNITIES

The Liberal and Nationals Government is investing over $22 million in a new Communities Environment Program to help communities protect and care for their local environment.

Each federal electorate will receive up to $150,000 this year for projects.

These could include: restoring coasts, wetlands and waterways; protecting native animals; reducing waste and litter; and greening local parks and urban areas.

ENVIRONMENT RESTORATION FUND

Our $100 million Environment Restoration Fund will support practical action on waste and recycling, the protection of rivers, waterways and coasts, and further support for our threatened native species.

ANTARCTIC SCIENCE AND RESEARCH

The Liberal and Nationals Government is investing $2.8 billion to enhance Australia’s Antarctic operations and science capabilities. This includes funding for research, operations and a new ice breaker.

We are constructing a modern station at Macquarie Island. This will provide a year-round capability for scientific monitoring and priority research.

PROTECTING THREATENED SPECIES

Since 2014, the Government has invested in over 1,300 projects supporting threatened species.

Our Threatened Species Strategy outlines targets to improve outcomes of 20 priority birds, 20 priority mammals, and 30 priority plants.

It also commits to the creation of five feral cat-free islands, 10 mainland feral cat-free wildlife enclosures, and the culling of two million feral cats.

We are also backing initiatives to protect: koalas in northern NSW and south-east Queensland; WA’s black cockatoos; Bruny Island’s Eastern Quolls; and Kangaroo Island’s threatened dunnart.

Information current as at December 2020