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Australia pushes for international recognition of climate achievements

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The European Union is threatening to levy carbon tariffs on Australian exports, and last month Mr Kerry flagged the US has “not been able to get on the same page” as Australia on climate policy.

Mr Taylor’s speech will map out Australia’s technology-focused climate strategy and encourage other countries to help scale up emissions reduction.

“We welcome ambition, but practical action and achievement are what actually matter,” Mr Taylor will say.

“Australia is already collaborating with our trading and strategic partners, including Germany, Japan, Korea, Singapore, the UK and the US. This year, ahead of (United Nations climate conference in November) COP26, we want to ramp up that collaboration.”

The Morrison government released its Technology Roadmap last year, which committed to spend $18 billion over the next decade to drive down the cost of hydrogen fuel production and low emissions technologies. It aims to attract more than $50 billion of private co-investment into targeted technology: soil carbon, carbon capture and storage, low emissions steel and aluminium, hydrogen fuel as well as energy storage for the electricity grid.

Australia’s new Chief Scientist Cathy Foley in her first speech in the role endorsed the road map, which she said the government had “every indication of implementing”. While the rollout of low emissions technology had been slow in past decades, Dr Foley said, the pace of developments like renewable energy growth in recent years was optimistic.

“We have begun to see in the last five years, the lifting up, and I hope we will be able to take that further so we’re looking back at the previous 20 years as something that was lessons learned as opposed to the beginning of a dark future,” she said.

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