Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has written to the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, reinforcing Australia’s environmental obligations under the Paris Accord.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said a target of curbing emissions 43 per cent above 2005 levels by 2030, a more ambitious target than the 26 to 28 per cent target laid down by the Australian government.

The prime minister said Australia would now look forward

“For years, the Australian Government told the world that was all too hard. Told Australians it was too hard. Told the world that Australia wasn’t up to it, and wasn’t up for it. Well the Albanese government today sends a very different message,” Climate Change Minister Chris Bowens told journalists in Canberra on Thursday.

It is rich in fossil fuels and one of the largest exporters of coal and gas in the world.

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