Australia's carbon emissions up for fourth consecutive year: report

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-30 15:19:53|Editor: xuxin
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CANBERRA, May 30 (Xinhua) -- Australia's carbon emissions have risen for the fourth consecutive year, according to an Australian report to the United Nations (UN).

Australia's National Inventory Report to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change revealed that the nation produced 537 million tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2-e) emissions in 2018.

It represents an increase from 534.7 million tonnes of CO2-e in 2017.

Australia pledged to reduce its emissions by between 26 and 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 at the Paris climate summit.

Angus Taylor, who was on Wednesday sworn-in as Australia's minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, said that Australia is on track to achieve its Paris commitments despite the new data.

"This government has committed to a sensible and achievable emissions reduction target," Taylor told Fairfax Media.

"We have a strong track record of meeting and beating our targets."

The Australian Labor Party (ALP) promised to reduce emissions by 45 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 if it won the general election on May 18 but was defeated by the incumbent Liberal-National Party Coalition (LNP).