Australia will easily meet Paris climate accord target: study

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia is on track to meet its carbon emissions target within the Paris Climate accord some time before 2030, due to increasing development of wind and solar power, a research has found, contradicting a written report last month calling for sharper emissions cuts.

With several big energy farms opening throughout the last year and growing rapidly installation of rooftop solar panel products, Australia is adopting sustainable energy faster per capita versus rest of the world, said a survey published by Australian National University (ANU) researchers on Friday.

The pipeline most recent wind and solar systems is averaging about 6.3 gigawatts (GW) per annum, the study showed.

Based around the new renewable power that has started in Australia since last June as well as being expected over the next few years, emissions will drop sharply out of the power sector, offsetting possible increases from different sectors, like transport and farms, the ANU researchers calculated.

Each extra gigawatt of renewables displaces a couple of million tonnes of and also carbon (CO2) equivalent emissions from coal-fired power, the research said, implying Australia’s pipeline of renewables would cut emissions by about 12 million to 13 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent annually.

Assuming other sectors’ emissions grow by 2 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent each year, the net reduction might possibly be about Ten million to 11 million tonnes 1 year, which would put Australia on the right track to meet its Paris target before 2030.

“By this time next year it’ll be rather obvious to everybody that something really surprising has happened in your greenhouse accounts,” said the study’s lead researcher, Andrew Blakers, an engineering professor.

The additional Australian renewables equal 250 watts per person a year, compared with about 50 watts per person for the European Union, Japan, China as well as United States, the study said.

“Australia is way and away the electricity superstar by way of annual per capita deployment,” Blakers said.

The study, according to data from Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator, hasn’t been commissioned by anyone, he was quoted saying.

To meet Australia’s Paris Climate accord resolve forpersistance to cut carbon emissions by 26 % to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, emissions would need to fall to between 430 million and 442 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

As within the end of 2019, emissions had risen to 553.7 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, in line with data from Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

Extrapolating from that figure, the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development said last month Australia found it necessary to cut emissions more sharply based on its Paris target to be the country remained heavily determined by coal-fired power.