2050 commitment lacks teeth without legislation

2050 commitment lacks teeth without legislation



2050 commitment lacks teeth without legislation

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26.10.2021 The Government’s announcement committing to reach net zero emissions by 2050 is welcomed as an important step for our nation in building a liveable world. However, in the absence of a more ambitious target for 2030, the challenge will be how successive governments will deliver on a target which is almost 3 decades, possibly 10 election cycles and a political lifetime away.

Through its 100 Days of Action Campaign Citizens’ Climate Lobby Australia (CCL) has been seeking a bipartisan and federally legislated 2050 target with a clearly documented process for achieving it as the only way to guarantee its achievement.

The Climate Change Bill, based on similar legislation in place in the UK for more than a decade, was re-introduced to the parliament recently by Zali Steggall MP.  It is one option for legislating a process for achieving net zero emissions by 2050 which CCL supports.

‘The UK Climate Change Act has been spectacularly successful, has always had bipartisan support and is a model Australia could easily follow. We also welcome Labor’s commitment, if elected, to legislate for net zero emissions by 2050,’ said Rod Mitchell, CCL National Chair.

CCL does not advocate for specific technologies to reduce Australia’s emissions. It does however endorse a carbon-pricing-with-household-dividend approach – such as the Australian Climate Dividend (*) – that ends inefficient subsidies and creates major opportunities for investors, industry and consumers to transition rapidly towards zero emissions.

Ambitious emissions reductions over the next decade, in line with our major international partners, would also position Australia well in a decarbonised global economy. The outcomes from next month’s COP26 will largely determine what 2050 will look like for Australia and the world.

‘The stakes could not be higher’ concluded Mitchell.



CONTACT: Rod Mitchell, National Chair (​rod@ccl.org.au,​ +61427428009)


Citizens’ Climate Lobby ​(www.ccl.org.au) is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy and education organisation, focused on advancing climate change solutions through democracy.


(*) Australian Climate Dividend is an efficient and transparent mechanism that puts a fee on the carbon content of fossil fuels and returns the net revenue evenly to households. It drives down emissions,saves lives and stimulates the economy and employment. It has been implemented in Canada and a bill to introduce a similar scheme is currently before the US Congress.