Research by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) shows that even with an expensive carbon tax, Australia will fail to meet its Paris Agreement commitments.
The report shows that Australia is falling behind the rest of the world and even if immediate dramatic action was taken, it is still unlikely to meet the target.
Their projections compared the required carbon taxes each nation will require to meet the agreement and limit global warming to two degrees or less.
“Whereas a US$25 a ton price would be more than enough for some countries (for example, China, India, and Russia) to meet their Paris Agreement pledges, in other cases (for example, Australia and Canada) even the US$75 a ton carbon tax falls short,” the IMF reported.
A controversial carbon tax was introduced by the Labor Government in 2011, but abolished by the Coalition Government in 2014.
Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have increased since then, despite the Government’s plan to reduce greenhouse emissions by 26 to 28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030.
Australia falls at number 16 in the list of total CO2 emissions. On the list of emissions per capita Australia is the second worst polluter in the world, with more than double the emissions per person than the largest total producer, China.
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Becky Steepe is a third year Bachelor of Media and Communications (Media Industries) student at La Trobe University. You can follow her on Twitter @BeckySteepe