No. Unfortunately, Australia only has plans to reduce carbon emissions by 5% by 2020. A group called Beyond Zero Emissions believes that Australia has the capacity to become carbon neutral by that time, however. By examining different factors such as buildings, land use, and transport, the Zero Carbon Australia 2020 plan acts as a blueprint for a carbon neutral Australia.
In February 2008 the Australian government made plans to offset their carbon emissions completely by 2020, but that number was recently reduced to only 5% by the same date. The country’s dependency on coal would have a detrimental impact on the economy if it were abandoned now. The group Beyond Zero Emissions claims that by utilizing Australia’s abundant wind and solar energy, the country could potentially be carbon neutral in only 10 years, but this is a hard-won goal, and a long shot at best.
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