The Australian government today ratified the Paris Agreement. WWF-Australia welcomed the news and called on the government to take action to make the goal of limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees a reality. Australia joins more than half of the world`s issuers, including the US, China, UK, EU, France and Germany, which have already ratified the deal. The Paris Agreement entered into force in record time on 4 November, demonstrating a global commitment to action on climate change. “WWF welcomes today`s ratification, which sends a positive signal to the world that Australia is ready to play its part in reducing pollution and making a move to clean energy,” said Kellie Caught, spokesperson for WWF-Australia. “The Paris Agreement is a pioneering agreement in which 197 parties, including Australia, agreed to bridge our differences and take action for our planet.” Australia`s ratification means that we can now focus on strengthening policies and measures to achieve the objectives of the agreement, in particular the objective of rapid emission reductions. WWF believes the Australian government can and must do more to reduce pollution. Current climate goals and policies are not strong enough to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees and protect the people and places we love. “A new UNEP report shows that the world is heading for a temperature rise of between 2.9 and 3.4 degrees and that the world still needs to reduce emissions by 25% by 2030.” This means that we must now focus on the fight against climate change towards the extension of action at the national level. There are four important things the government can do over the next 12 months: · Strengthening Australia`s emission reductions for 2020 through membership of Germany, the UK and others and the removal of Australian “credits” reduces emissions. · Work with state and territory governments on a national level to achieve stronger renewable energy goals and a just transition for workers and communities.
· Ensure that the 2017 Climate Change Review provides guidance and legislation that accelerates the clean energy transition, creates new economic opportunities and is scalable to promote greater emission reductions. · Implementation of a review to formally strengthen Australia`s 2030 target, ahead of the Global Review (Facilitative Dialogue 2018). The Paris Agreement is an agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that addresses the reduction, adaptation and financing of greenhouse gas emissions from 2020 on. . .