Morrison government climate plan will fail if solely reliant on technology, thinktank reports | Australia news

The Morrison government has been warned its plan for carbon neutrality by 2050 will fail if it is solely reliant on investing in new technology.

The Grattan Institute’s Towards Net Zero report, released on Monday, has suggested the Australian government would need to pull many other policy levers to reach net zero, including vehicle emissions standards, energy efficiency obligations and rules on use of carbon credits.

The report’s lead author, Tony Wood, suggested that the Morrison government’s net zero plan, announced on Tuesday, failed to show how emissions reduction would be achieved outside the electricity sector.

Scott Morrison will attend the Cop26 climate talks in Glasgow from Monday without an increased 2030 emissions reduction target, despite international pressure from the UK, EU, US and Pacific island nations to significantly increase ambition.

The Pacific Islands Association of Non-governmental Organisations has urged…

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