Australia vows to have net-zero emissions by 2050

12:29, 26 October 2021
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The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Tuesday in the run-up to the COP26 global climate summit that Australia plans to reach net-zero carbon by 2050.

Australia will invest more than $15 billion in "low-emissions technologies" over the next 20 years as the authority will make efforts to capture carbon in the soil, lower solar energy costs, and develop greener industries. 

However, Morrison said that Australia won’t limit the use of fossil fuels.

"We want our heavy industries, like mining, to stay open, remain competitive and adapt, so they remain viable for as long as global demand allows," Morrison claimed.

The experts say that Australia is considered as one of the dirtiest countries per head of population.

The green activists and the opposition slammed the PM proposal for not providing the plan's details.

Australia's Climate Council think tank believed the Morrison plan is "a joke without strong emissions cuts this decade".

"The word plan doesn't constitute a plan no matter how many times you say it," the opposition leader Anthony Albanese said. 

The net-zero emission initiative is aimed to cut harmful emissions mostly including carbon dioxide gases as much as possible in an attempt to prevent global warming. Several countries also announced their intention to join the net-zero emission plan.

On Saturday, the Saudi Arabia Crown Prince and the Head of the Higher Committee for the Saudi Green Initiative (SGI) Mohammed bin Salman announced that the Kingdom is planning to reach net-zero emission by 2060.