Australia’s first Annual Climate Change Statement

Dept of Climate Change, Energy, Environment & Water

Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen, has delivered the Australian Government’s first Annual Climate Change Statement to Parliament, outlining:

  • Australia’s progress to achieve our 2030 and 2050 emissions reduction targets
  • the economic, environmental and social impacts of climate change
  • Australia’s action in the context of global efforts
  • Australia’s domestic policies to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

As required under the Climate Change Act 2022, the Statement also responds to the independent advice received from the Climate Change Authority.

Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen said the first Annual Statement showed Australia has much work to do to reduce emissions by 43%.

“The first-ever Annual Climate Change Statement shows we are on the right track, but it is also a wake-up call for the nation to do more,” Minister Bowen said.

“Reducing emissions by 43% is an ambitious target and we are going to need a collective effort and determination across all of the economy to meet our goal.”

Future Statements will evolve as our capability to measure and report on climate action improves and the CCA implements its methodology to assess our progress in transitioning to net zero emissions.

The Climate Change Authority’s first Annual Progress Report, the 2022 Emissions Projections report and the latest Quarterly Update of the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory and the Minister’s speech to Parliament will be tabled alongside the Annual Statement.

Read the Minister’s media release: First Annual Climate Change Statement.

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