Labor to slash CO2 pollution by 45%

Labor has announced it would aim to slash carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2030 and offset Australia’s CO2 pollution by the middle of the century if in government.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will today reveal Labor’s long-awaited post-2020 emissions reduction targets, after committing his party to tougher climate action than the coalition.

Labor would aim to cut emissions by 45 percent on 2005 levels as part of a longer term plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.


Mr Shorten cautions the 2030 target is ambitious, particularly due to Australia’s high emissions per head.

The announcement comes just days before Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Australian delegation arrive in Paris for major international climate talks.

The target, roughly in line with what the independent Climate Change Authority recommends, is significantly higher than the 2030 target the government will be armed with in Paris.

The coalition’s 2030 goal – announced under former prime minister Tony Abbott – would cut emissions by 26 to 28 percent on 2005 levels.