Climate Council: Report Shows 75 Percent Cut in Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2030

Anthony Albanese has to repair some of Australia’s most important relationships, but he must take decisive action to do so.

Australia must cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 75% by 2030 to curb the “existential threat” of climate change.

A new Climate Council report released ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji next week lists climate change as the biggest strategic threat to the Pacific.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese won the election with 43% of the vote, but the council says it’s not enough.

Lead author Wesley Morgan said that if the government wants to position itself as a key security partner for the Pacific island nations, it needs to act “harder and faster.”

“This is an extremely important meeting because it takes place in the shadow of an increasingly intense geostrategic rivalry between China and the United States,” Dr. Morgan said.

“Therefore, security will be high on the agenda of the forum, especially (especially) because the Pacific island countries themselves are deeply concerned about security.

“For decades, the Pacific people have lobbied the world community to understand that climate change is a threat to their people, akin to war.”

The report says that without immediate and urgent action by the global community, the Pacific island countries will face major and irreversible changes.

Australia has pledged to participate in the UN climate summit in partnership with the Pacific region.

But the former prime minister of Tuvalu said Australia needs to prove itself first.

“In order to win the trust of the Pacific island countries, the new government must show that they are serious and true to their words… that they are going to take concrete, practical and meaningful actions,” said Enele Sopoaga.

“For far too long in the past, Australian federal governments have been rather muted about the concerns and voices of Pacific island nations.”

He said that while he was encouraged by the Albanian government’s words, if the Pacific is to trust them, it needs to aim for higher emission reduction targets.

The report also calls for Australia to “end its love of coal and gas”.

In a joint statement, a group of former Pacific leaders, including Mr Sopoaga, former President of the Republic of Kiribati Anote Tong, former President of the Marshall Islands Hilda Heine and former President of Palau Thomas Remenguesa, said the report was “a must read”.

“The latest estimates are clear: global emissions should halve within this decade. There is no room for new coal and gas,” they said.

Originally published as Albanian government calls for action over ‘biggest security threat’