Australia is on track to become one of the world’s heaviest polluters if it follows the current trajectory, a report released by Berlin-based science and policy institute Climate Analytics has found.
According to projections, Australia could be responsible for up to 17 per cent of global emissions by 2030, with the majority coming from export emissions, followed by domestic emissions.
“This report confirms Australia is on track to become one of the world’s worst contributors to climate damage,” said the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Climate Change & Clean Energy program manager, Gavan McFadzean.
“Burning coal and gas is the number one cause of the climate crisis and Australia is now the number one exporter of both, with quantities projected to increase dramatically in coming years.
“When we add Australia’s exported emissions to our domestic emissions, Australia rockets to equal fifth on the list of major global climate polluters, alongside Russia and behind only India, the European Union, the USA and China.”
Liquefied natural gas will also begin to account for an ever larger percentage of Australia’s domestic and exported emissions, with the country’s LNG sector potentially accounting for 3.4 per cent of global climate pollution by 2030.