“Australia is a major world economy,” Sharma said. “And if you compare to where other major world economies are, I hope that we could get to 45 to 50 per cent from Australia.
“That would mean they’d be comparable with other major economies in the world.”
Labor took a 45 per cent target by 2030 to the 2019 federal election – a policy the government claimed would take a “wrecking ball” to the economy. Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has since called Labor’s pledge “a mistake”.
But the NSW Liberal government last week promised to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2030, building on the same policy unveiled by the Victorian Labor government earlier this year.
Sharma said he has had candid conversations with the Australian government over the need to make much deeper cuts before the end of the decade.
“I say to them basically what I say to everyone, which is that we need to do more. If we want to ensure that we are at a…