Australia's Abatement Task - fact sheet
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This fact sheet explains how Australia’s abatement task has changed since Australia’s Emissions Projections 2012.
Recent modelling conducted by the Treasury and the former Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (now the Department of the Environment) indicates the amount of emissions reductions required to achieve Australia’s 2020 target of 5 per cent below 2000 levels is less than previous estimates.
Australia’s abatement task to 2020 has fallen to 431 Mt CO2-e
Australia’s abatement task from 2013 to 2020 has fallen from 755 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (Mt CO2-e) in Australia’s Emissions Projections 2012, to 591 Mt CO2-e in modelling undertaken for the Climate Change Authority’s (CCA’s) Targets and Progress Review Draft Report.
When other factors such as abatement from two years of the carbon tax and the ability to use surplus reductions achieved in the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol are taken into account, Australia’s abatement task falls from 591 to 431 Mt CO2-e.