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Meeting our international commitments

Climate change is a global issue that requires global action. Australia has a strong track record of contributing to global efforts to address climate change, meeting and beating our emissions reduction targets while maintaining economic growth. Australia’s 2030 target under the Paris Agreement, to reduce emissions by 26 to 28% below 2005 levels, is among the strongest targets of major economies, amounting to a halving of per-person emissions and almost a two-thirds reduction in emissions intensity of economic activity.

Australia exceeded our target for the first Kyoto commitment period and is on track to exceed our 2020 commitment. We have a comprehensive set of policies that take real and practical action, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency and fast-track the development and uptake of clean energy. Our $3.5 billion Climate Solutions Package accounts for every tonne of the 328 million tonnes of abatement required to meet the 2030 target.

The $2 billion Climate Solutions Fund will build on the success of the Emissions Reduction Fund and continue our investment in low-cost abatement. As a world leader in per-person clean energy investment in 2018 we are continuing to support positive economic pathways to reduce emissions.

Key objectives

  • reduce emissions by 26 to 28% below 2005 levels by 2030
  • continue to grow a strong economy

1. Encouraging emissions reduction across the economy

Australia’s climate change strategies

Climate Solutions Fund—Emissions Reduction Fund

Emissions Reduction Fund

Renewable Energy Target scheme

Climate Active

Energy performance standards for appliances, lighting and equipment

Building energy efficiency ratings and disclosure

Hydrofluorocarbon phase-down

2. Accelerating technological solutions

Commonwealth direct investment through ARENA and the CEFC

National Hydrogen Strategy

Developing a national electric vehicle strategy 

Climate science and data

3. Playing our part in shaping a better future

UNFCCC and Paris Agreement

Support for developing countries

Development assistance in the Pacific

More information

A fair deal on energy (overview and booklet)