Australia has just taken another step in favor of the climate. Parliament on Thursday passed laws targeting the biggest polluters. under this agreementAustralia’s 215 most polluting facilities, such as coal mines and gas-fired power plants, will have to reduce their net emissions by approximately 5% annually until 2030. Fossil fuels and mining form the backbone of the Australian economy.
“This is the first time that Australian law has enshrined the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions,” Tommy Weidman, a sustainability expert at the University of New South Wales, told AFP. The text is expected to enter into force on July 1.
One of the largest coal exporters in the world
L’Australia It is one of the world’s largest exporters of coal and as a result one of the biggest laggards when it comes to climate defense. For more than a decade, attempts to cut emissions have been hampered by political wrangling.
But a series of severe natural disasters helped convince leaders to take the climate emergency seriously, incl The catastrophic floods of 2022 On the east coast of Australia and 2019-2020 ‘Black Summer’ firesresulting in the burning of more than eight million hectares of vegetation.
The Labor government of Anthony Albanese swept to power last year on a promise to break with the fossil fuel policies of the previous Conservative government.
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