Australia accounts for 1.3% of global emissions. We have made significant commitments to reduce our emissions. Our Paris commitment is to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. On a per-person basis, this is a greater reduction than the commitments of the EU,Germany, Canada, New Zealand or Japan.When Australia makes a commitment, we keep it. We are on track to beat our 2020 Kyoto target by 411 million tonnes.
Australia is a world leader in renewable energy investment. In 2019, Australia’s investment (per person) in renewable energy was greater than the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom, and more than triple the per capita investment of countries like Germany, China, France and Denmark. Australia has the world’s highest (per capita) uptake of rooftop solar. Nearly one in four Australian homes have solar on their roof. We are working to ensure renewables are more reliable.
Scientists estimate that in just 30 years’ time the weight of plastics in our oceans will exceed the weight of the fish. Australians create around 67 million tonnes of waste each year. We want to see less waste going to landfill and ending up in oceans, and more being re-used and recycled.We are banning the export of wasted plastic, paper, glass and tyres.
The Great Barrier Reef is a global tourism icon, a wonder of the natural world, and critically important to the Queensland and national economies. It contributes around $6.4 billion a year to Australia’s economy, along with 64,000 jobs.We are committed to protecting it.It was our Government that ended all dredge disposal plans. We also put a ban on future dredge disposal projects in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
We are investing around $1 billion for the next phase of the National Landcare Program from 2018 to 2023.This includes Land Partnerships, to protect our threatened ecological communities, restore our globally-important wetlands, and support recovery efforts for threatened species.The Regional Land Partnerships also invest in improving soil health on farms. It will target soil acidification, wind erosion and hill slope erosion.
Since 2014,the Government has invested in over 1,300 projects supporting threatened species. Our Threatened Species Strategy outlines targets to improve outcomes of 20 priority birds, 20 priority mammals, and 30 priority plants.It also commits to the creation of five feral cat-free islands, 10 mainland feralcat-free wildlife enclosures, and the culling of two million feral cats by 2020. We will also allocate up to $10 million under the Environment Restoration Fund to support the creation of safe havens for threatened species.We are also backing initiatives to protect: koalas in northern NSW and south-east Queensland; WA’s black cockatoos; Bruny Island’s Eastern Quolls; and Kangaroo Island’s threatened dunnart. The Coalition appointed Australia’s first Threatened Species Commissioner in 2014.