Australia's emission target to be announced at year's end

Australia's emission target to be announced at year's end

Australia's emission target to be announced at year's end

Posted 30 September 2008, 17:59 AEST

Australia's climate change minister Penny Wong says the government won't announce its mid-range emission reduction target until the end of the year.

Climate change advisor Professor Ross Garnaut released his final report today.

He's stuck to his recommendation for an emissions cut of 10 per cent by 2020, saying that should increase to 25 per cent if international cooperation is achieved.

Senator Wong has welcomed Professor Garnaut's findings, but wouldn't say if they'd be implemented.

"What the government has made clear is that our timetable is to indicate our mid-term target range, for reduction of emissions by the end of this year. We also have a clear election commitment to a 60 per cent reduction by 2050. So we'll take into account Professor Garnaut's advice and we'll make our decision as we previously indicated prior to the end of the year".