The Australian Government is developing a Net Zero Plan, as outlined in our 2022 Annual Climate Statement to Parliament and consistent with the recommendations of the Climate Change Authority (CCA).
In 2022, we legislated Australia's greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. We plan to reach Net Zero by 2050. By 2030 we aim to reach emission levels of 43% below 2005 levels.
Australia's path to Net Zero
We have committed to developing a Net Zero plan and 2035 emission reduction targets. This will establish pathways for our transition to a Net Zero economy. This is consistent with our international and domestic commitments.
In our 2022 Annual Climate Statement we committed to articulate a plan for achieving Net Zero by 2050. Australia is a party to the Paris Agreement under which all parties – including Australia – are required to update their Nationally Determined Contribution every 5 years. For us, this means developing a new medium-term emissions reduction target for 2035.
The Net Zero plan will help Australia maximise the benefits of the global transition to Net Zero. It will provide certainty through long-term policy and help drive investments in low emissions and renewable technologies.
Developing the plan and 2035 emissions reduction target
We will undertake a transparent, inclusive and coordinated approach to developing the plan. We will engage deeply, including with:
- First Nations
The Australian Government will develop 6 sectoral decarbonisation plans which, between them, cover all major components of the economy. These plans are:
- electricity and energy
- the built environment
- agriculture and land
Emissions from the waste sector will be included in the industry plan, and a focus on the circular economy will be a cross-cutting issue for all sectors.
Developing sectoral plans
Extensive engagement will be undertaken with the community, industry, experts and unions. All levels of government will inform the development of the plans. This will ensure the plans are robust, ambitious, achievable and accepted by the community.
Developing the sectoral plans aligns with recommendations from the CCA. The CCA will also be asked to develop sectoral decarbonisation pathways to informs the plans.
We will periodically update this webpage and provide you further information about how you can engage with plan developments as we progress.
The Australian Government will consult widely on the development of the Net Zero Plan and sectoral decarbonisation plans. There are no consultation processes currently ongoing. This webpage will be updated to identify consultation opportunities in the future.
If you would like to get in touch, ask questions or register your interest in receiving future updates, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.