Scott Morrison, Australia’s prime minister, under pressure to pass the target on net-carbon emissions of carbon dioxide by 2050, said in an interview published Monday that he might not attend this year’s United Nations climate summit in Glasgow.
Asked about attending the World Climate Change Conference in November, Mr Morrison told West Australian: “We have not made any final decisions”
In the interview, Morrison said he had other priorities to take into account, including reopening Australia’s borders.
Morrison’s government has proposed that net CO2 emissions be achieved “as soon as possible,” preferably to 2050, but hasn’t committed to this.
The more conservative side’s refusal to endorse a net carbon emissions goal has divided its coalition government, having implications for the mining and agricultural sector.
The 12-day conference in Scotland, the largest climate conference since the landmark Paris talks in 2015, is seen as a key step towards setting global emissions targets to slow global warming.
But his reluctance to travel to Glasgow might also be due to the pressure he will be under from other world leaders.
Morrison has reaffirmed multiple times that Australia would meet its target to reduce methane emissions by 26-28 percent by 2030 at 2005 levels, and its goal of achieving global carbon neutrality by 2050 with no commitment.
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