Australia will meet its Paris commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions if the nation continues its love affair with solar and wind power, an independent study has found but argues it could be put at risk without extra investment in transmission and storage.
The Australian National University research found Australians were taking-up solar and wind energy at such a fast rate the country would not have to use contentious “carryover” accounting credits from the Kyoto climate accord.
The Morrison government has come under fire from Labor, the Greens and environmental groups over how Australia will meet its Paris commitments to cut greenhouse emissions by 26 and 28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030.
Since the abolition of the carbon tax in 2014, Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have increased. Latest figures showed that, in the 12 months to the end of March, Australia’s emissions were up by 0.6 per cent.