Australia's goals of a 5% cut of greenhouse gasses by 2020 seems more likely

Official figures show that the total greenhouse gas reduction required to meet Australia’s bipartisan minimum target of a 5% cut by the year 2020 is now 236 million tonnes, which is a decrease on previous estimates.

Official figures show that the total greenhouse gas reduction required to meet Australia’s bipartisan minimum target of a 5% cut by the year 2020 is now 236 million tonnes, which is a decrease on previous estimates.

Pressure will be building for the post 2020 government to adopt a more ambitious target, and critics have accused the Abbott government of politicising the release of the figures. Environment Minister Greg Hunt has stated that the previous projections were ‘Labor’s Numbers’, and claimed that Labor has ‘used these figures to to justify the world’s largest carbon tax.’

Professor Ross Garnaut, former climate change advisor for Labor argued that there was no political element involved, and that the numbers were produced the same way they had since the Howard government.

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