Some of the key findings of the report include:
- Global temperature rises near or above 2°C increase the risk of triggering feedbacks that amplify warming, creating extreme conditions that could threaten the viability of our civilisation.
- Renewable energy is already replacing ageing, polluting fossil fuels as the energy system of the future, with the installation of solar and wind systems globally doubling every 5.4 years. This has been accompanied by a precipitous drop in coal consumption, particularly in the US and China.
- Maintaining this rate of renewable expansion could see the world’s energy systems completely eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.
- Australia is failing to tackle climate change with emissions rising and a lack of any coherent, national approach to reduce emissions in the short, medium or long term. We are known as a global climate laggard.
- Build a unified, bipartisan, consensus approach to climate change that takes the issue out of the current divisive, ‘political football’ landscape.
- Create a well-defined pathway towards a net-zero emissions Australia by the mid-2040s at the latest.
- Revitalise the Climate Change Authority, strengthen its climate science capacity, and build policy actions on science-based targets and pathways.
- Support and accelerate the many effective actions on climate change that are already being undertaken by states, territories and local governments.
- Transform Australia’s position on the global stage from a laggard to a leader on climate change.
* The Climate Council is a non-profit independent organisation which aims to provide clear, independent information on climate change to the Australian community. We are fiercely independent and apolitical.