November 10, 2021
The New Daily reports (9 November) that Australia’s climate policies have been ranked last out of 64 countries and the nation among the worst offenders for emissions, renewables and energy use – behind Russia,Brazil and Saudi Arabia
The country slipped four spots to 58th overall place in the latest Climate Change Performance Index unveiled at the COP26 summit in Glasgow. It ranked last among 64 countries behind the likes of Kazakhstan,Saudi Arabia, Russia and Brazil in terms of climate policy.
The country’s highest ranking was 52 for renewables, followed by a score of 54 for energy use and 56 for greenhouse gas emissions.
The index criticised Australia for bringing to Glasgow a 2050 target of net-zero emissions that involved no new policies or plans.
Its ‘technology investment road map’ was deemed insufficient to decarbonise the economy, cut fossil fuel use and promote renewables.
“This failure to promote renewables … is exacerbated by inadequate infrastructure investment despite subsidies for fossil fuel production and promotion of a ‘gas-led’ economic recovery following COVID-19,” the ranking said.
“The country’s international standing has been damaged by climate denialism by politicians, refusal to increase ambition and refusal to recommit to international green finance mechanisms.”
The annual ranking designed by German environmentalists has compared the performance of countries responsible for 90per cent of global emissions since 2005 across four key categories.
Meanwhile Michelle Grattan in the Conversation nails Morrison's EV lies. The New Daily reports (9 November) that Australia’s climate policies have been ranked last out of 64 countries and the nation among the worst offenders for emissions, renewables and energy use – behind Russia,Brazil and Saudi Arabia