Our Environment

Reducing Emissions

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.

The most recent update from Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory shows:

Emissions are lower than in 2013 when the Coalition came into Government.
Emissions are over 12% lower than in 2005. (This compares to a 2% reduction for Canada and a 4% increase for New Zealand). Emissions per person are also at their lowest levels in 29 years, falling by 40% since 1990.

INVESTING IN RENEWABLE ENERGY

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.

We are investing in Snowy 2.0, which will be the world’s second-largest renewable hydro power station. It will increase capacity by 2,000 megawatts –enough for 500,000 homes. Tasmania’s Battery and the Marinus Link (a second interconnector between Tasmania and Victoria) will bring 400 megawatts of Tasmanian hydro power to the mainland.We are also underwriting reliable generation projects including new pumped hydro projects across the National Electricity Market.

MORE RECYCLING & LESS WASTE

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.

We are building Australia’s domestic recycling capability through our $167 million Australian Recycling Investment Plan.This plan will increase Australia’s recycling rates, tackle plastic waste and litter,accelerate work on a new battery recycling scheme and halve food waste by 2030. Microbeadsare being phased out. 94% of cosmetic and personal care products in Australia already micro-bead free.

PROTECTING THE BARRIER REEF

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.

Our Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan has been endorsed by the World Heritage Committee. The Morrison Government is investing more than $1.2 billion to ensure the health of the Reef, and more than $2 billion jointly with the Qld Government.This includes our $443.3 million Partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.This will support proven activities, like improving water quality and fighting crown of thorns starfish, as well as research into new methods of reef restoration and adaptation. With its unique capacity to leverage private funds, the Foundation aims to raise an additional $300-$400 million over six years for reef protection.

LANDCARE

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.

CLEANER OCEANS, WATERWAYS AND COMMUNITIES

Our $100 million Environment Restoration Fund will improve the water quality of the Yarra, Swan and Canning, Torrens, Brisbane, Georges, Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers.

The Liberal and Nationals Government is investing over $22 million in a new Communities Environment Program to help communities protect and care for their local environment.Each federal electorate will receive up to $150,000 this year for projects.These could include: restoring coasts, wetlands and waterways; protecting native animals;reducing waste and litter; and greening local parks and urban areas.

PROTECTING THREATENED SPECIES

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.