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Monday, 20 August 2018
Page: 7670

Climate Change

Dear Mrs Wicks

Thank you for your correspondence on petitions PN0099 regarding action to address climate change.

The Australian Government (the Government) is taking action on climate change and contributing to global efforts to reduce emissions. As part of the Paris Agreement, Australia has committed to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. This will see Australia's emissions per person halve and the emissions intensity of our economy reduce by two-thirds. On this basis, Australia's target is among the strongest of major economies.

Addressing the impacts of climate change is a priority for the Pacific region. Through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Government works closely with Pacific island countries and regional organisations to build resilience to the impacts of climate change. We have sustained and increased funding to sectors affected by climate change such as fisheries, and for disaster preparedness.

The Government's policies to reduce emissions are working and we will meet our international commitments. We are reducing emissions through the Emissions Reduction Fund, providing incentives to Australian businesses, communities and farmers for adopting new practices and technologies that reduce emissions. The Renewable Energy Target ensures 23.5 per cent of Australia's electricity comes from renewable sources by 2020 and the National Energy Productivity Plan is reducing emissions through more efficient use of energy. The Government is also helping households install rooftop solar panels and solar hot water systems through rebates under the Renewable Energy Target.

In addition the recently announced National Energy Guarantee (the Guarantee) will require energy retailers and some large users across the National Electricity Market to deliver reliable and lower emissions energy generation each year. The Guarantee is estimated to reduce household electricity bills by an average of $120 per year from 2020. The Government will continue to work with the independent Energy Security Board and the states through the Council of Australian Governments to implement these reforms.

Yours sincerely

from the Minister for the Environment and Energy, Mr Frydenberg