Australia ranks last for climate action among UN member countries | Climate change
Australia was ranked last for climate action out of nearly 200 countries in a report assessing progress towards the global sustainable development goals.
The 2021 Sustainable Development Report, first reported by Renew Economy, ranked Australia last out of 193 member countries of the United Nations for actions taken to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
A database shows that Australia scored only 10 out of 100 on an assessment of fossil fuel emissions, emissions associated with imports and exports, and carbon pricing policies.
The penultimate was Brunei, which was ranked behind Qatar and Norway.
Richie Merzian, a climate expert at the Australia Institute, said the result was not surprising.
“Australia has received similar rankings from other comparable studies, including the Climate change performance index, which last year ranked Australia second-to-last behind Trump’s America, ”he said.
“The federal government does not have a climate and energy policy and instead has handpicked technologies, many of which support the fossil fuel industry.”
The report noted that Australia has not committed to achieving net carbon emissions by 2050. Scott Morrison instead indicated that Australia wants to achieve carbon neutrality as soon as possible and “preferably” d ‘by 2050.
The most recent emissions data, released by the government in late May, showed Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions to be at the lowest levels in 30 years, with the coronavirus pandemic putting the brakes on the burning fossil fuels in the transport sector and slowing economic activity.
In a statement at the time, Energy Minister Angus Taylor said those levels were despite “upward pressure from growing exports and industry.”
The Sustainable Development Report tracks countries’ progress towards the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which include quality education, gender equality, eradicating poverty, building sustainable cities and communities. and affordable, clean energy.
Australia ranked 35th, with good results in health and well-being, economic growth, education, clean water and sanitation.
For clean energy, Australia was listed as having “major challenges” but has seen moderate improvement over the past 12 months.
The report says countries should not allow the Covid-19 pandemic to lead to a prolonged reversal of progress towards the goals.
“International commitments, for example in favor of climate neutrality, must be quickly accompanied by transformative actions and investments,” the report said.
“The big tax packages of the big economies offer an opportunity to foster a green, digital and inclusive recovery. “