Australia Not Pledging to a Methane Emissions Cut

Australia didn’t commit to cutting its methane emissons by 30%by the end of the decade, that will add to the criticism that the country not doing enough to fight climate change. The announcement came by Australia’s Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor before he and Prime Minister Scott Morrison flied to Glasgow for COP26 Summit.

Both the United States and the European Union have committed to a 30% methane reduction in September.

Taylor said there was no way other than reducing the number of livestock for Australia to reach that target. He said activists wanted to end the Australian beef industry.

Meanwhile, as one of the world’s largest exporters of coal and natural gas, these sectors account for one third of Australia’s methane emissions.

Meat and Livestock Australia, a company that provides marketing, research and development services for farmers, said Australian meat industry was pursuing its own net zero target for 2030.

Australia’s target of reducing emissions by 26 to 28% from 2005 levels is among the weakest in the developed world. The United States has committed to a 50 to52% from 2005, while Britain targets a 68% cut from 1990 levels.

Critics say Morrison’s plan to achieve net zero without imposing costs on households or businesses is not feasible.

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