24. January 2022

Glasgow was a success, pity about Australia: Paris Accord author


One of the world’s main local weather diplomats has voiced her disappointment that Prime Minister Scott Morrison “walked back” components of Australia’s Glasgow local weather commitments earlier than the “ink was dry on the paper”.

Laurence Tubiana, the French economist and diplomat thought-about to be the important thing architect of the Paris local weather accord, will use her look on the Australasian Emissions Reductions Conference in Sydney on Thursday to offer an summary of the Glasgow convention, which she believes was broadly profitable in accelerating the worldwide response to the local weather disaster.

French economist and climate diplomat Laurence Tubiana.

French economist and local weather diplomat Laurence Tubiana.

She will say it proved the Paris Agreement mechanism to make use of peer stress to have nations usually meet to strengthen emission reductions targets is working, however some international locations usually are not responding to the local weather risk.

“Australia is really in the middle of this storm,” she has instructed the host of the convention, the Carbon Markets Institute chief govt John Connor, in a pre-recorded dialogue to be aired on the convention.

She says it was disappointing that Australia didn’t enhance on its dedication to scale back emissions by 26 to twenty-eight per cent by 2030 on the COP, and much more disappointing that shortly after it ended, “your prime minister Mr Morrison … walked back from the commitments almost before the ink was dry”.


The Glasgow Pact signed by all nations that attended included a dedication that international locations would revisit their 2030 targets within the coming yr, however hours after it was signed the Australian authorities stated its goal was fastened.

The authorities initiatives it can exceed the goal and attain a 35 per cent discount.

“It is a pity because of the gift that Australia has received from nature. Australia has an enormous potential in terms of renewable energy,” she stated, citing house and shoreline for wave, wind and solar energy manufacturing.

The convention in Sydney may even be addressed by Energy and Emissions Reductions Minister Angus Taylor, NSW Treasurer and Environment Minister Matt Kean in addition to leaders corresponding to Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.

Mr Bainimarama will use the convention to induce Australia to rethink its commitments consistent with the Glasgow Pact, and say “the opportunity to contest this vital tenet of the pact was during COP26, not after it”.

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“We also need to see more ambition from the Australian government on its dangerous addiction to coal,” Mr Bainimarama will say. “We understand the place coal occupies in the Australian economy and in Australian history and culture, but we need to further explore how we take this option off the table.

“Australia is not only in an influential position to phase out coal sales globally, it is also in a position to become a centre for global energy innovation with its abundance of renewable energy potential.”

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