Australia being left behind on renewables

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Australia is not doing enough to reduce carbon emissions and risks being left behind as other countries race to embrace renewable energy.

These are the stark findings of a new report scrutinising the performance of countries around the world.

The annual global status report from international network REN21 found 165 countries had renewable targets in place across key sectors of their economies.

Australia was not one of them.

The report emphasised the need for governments to prioritise renewable energy through binding sectoral targets, robust policies and strict regulations.

Australia’s primary mechanism to support renewable energy development lapsed in 2019 and was never replaced.

Kane Thornton from the Clean Energy Council said states and territories were left doing the heavy lifting on emission reductions.

He said the report was yet another reminder that urgent action was required within the next decade for Australia to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

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