MOSCOW, 8 Sep — PRIME. Australia’s parliament has approved a climate change bill to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 43% and achieve carbon zero by 2050, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said in a statement published on Thursday.
At the same time, Chris Bowen, Minister for Climate Change and the Energy Crisis, is quoted as saying that the new law “gives certainty to investors and energy market participants and will help stabilize the energy system” in Australia.
“It also enhances transparency and accountability by providing annual reports on climate change and guaranteeing public discussion in government decision-making,” the minister said.
At the same time, according to Sky News Australia, Green Party leader Adam Bandt welcomed the adoption of the climate change law, but criticized the opening of new coal and gas projects in Australia.
“The powerful dissonance when they say that Parliament must act, and on the other hand, the Labor government is going to open new gas and coal projects, someday it will do its job,” Bandt said.
A plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 was presented almost a year ago by former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the eve of the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow (UK).