Morrison might abandon Kyoto carryover, but Australia will remain friendless without stronger policies

A photograph of Scott Morrison, sitting behind a desk with a plaque reading 'Australia' at the front, raising his hand in a wave and smiling.
20 November 2020

Prime minister Scott Morrison has hinted that his government may abandon controversial plans for Australia to rely upon surplus emissions permits to meet its 2030 reduction targets, but the news has been met by renewed calls for the Morrison government to actually “do something” on emissions and adopt stronger climate policies.

In a speech to the Business Council of Australia, Morrison suggested that the government might reconsider the use of the contentious Kyoto carryover credits, some of which were earned because Australia initial Kyoto target allowed for a signifiant increase in emissions, rather than a cut.

“Let me be very clear; my ambition, my government’s ambition, is that we will not need them and we are working to this as our goal, consistent with our record of over-delivering in these areas. I am confident our policies will get this job done,” Morrison told BCA members.

Read the full article on the Renew Economy website, featuring commentary by Prof Frank Jotzo