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75 by 35 - Cut emissions by 75% by 2035

Zali Steggall OAM MP is urgently calling for Australia to commit to a minimum 75% emissions reduction by 2035. To meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C, host a COP Summit and emerge as a leader in climate action, Australia needs to match our ambition to our international peers and accelerate emissions reduction.

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Zali Steggall, OAM MP
Across the world, governments and businesses are racing to net zero and accelerating the transition to clean technologies by establishing strong targets and policies that drive investment. Australia needs a strong 2035 target – a floor of 75 by 35 – to stay in the race.
Zali Steggall, OAM MP
Zali Steggall, OAM MP

Breakdown of Australia's emissions

Everyday use of electricity and transport, as well as manufacturing, commercial and building use,
generates the bulk of Australia's emissions. That's why everyone needs to get involved.

32.8%

Electricity

21%

Stationary energy

18.7%

Transport

16.1%

Agriculture

10.3%

Fugitive emissions

6.6%

Industrial processes and product use

2.7%

Waste

Working together to get to ‘75 by 35’

Clear ambition and plans for each sector aligned with a target of 75 by 35,
will deliver jobs and growth across the whole Australian economy.

Speed up emissions reduction

Legislate 75 by 35 to provide policy certainty for business and investors.

Transform energy

Stop new coal and gas developments and capture methane from existing mines. Lock in a new renewable energy and renewable energy storage targets to underpin a stable green grid.

Clean up transport

Set a minimum new vehicle sales target of 90% electric by 2035. Introduce tax incentives for charging networks, and urgently raise emissions and fuel standards.

Modernise Industry

Develop an Australian green hydrogen industry and accelerate uptake of clean technology in manufacturing to halve its emissions.

Future-proof agriculture

Invest in low carbon, regenerative agricultural practices and innovative technologies, ban native forest logging and accelerate carbon sequestration projects.

‘75 by 35’ would supercharge the Australian economy

Millions of new clean jobs

Renewables and low emissions projects can deliver 1.8 million new jobs in the regions and communities where they are needed most. (BZE)

Lower, stable priced energy

Renewables are the cheapest form of energy and least exposed to global energy price (CSIRO) fluctuations. “Australia could even move to 100% renewable power.” (Garnaut)

A $680bn boost to the economy

The business case is compelling and broadly accepted – Australia stands to lose $3.4 trillion by 2070 if we don’t act fast, but could gain $680 billion with rapid, focused action. (Deloitte)

World-leading clean industry

Australia is uniquely positioned to produce green steel, aluminium, hydrogen and more. Making green steel onshore by refining our own iron ore could avoid 1.5 billion tonnes of emissions and generate 10 times the profits. (CC)

Healthier, more productive communities

Air pollution from fossil fuels in Australia causes over 1 million lost workdays, 3,000 premature deaths and over 2,000 hospital admissions per year. (CC) Gas stove use is estimated to cause 12% of childhood asthma in Australia. (AJGP)

Let’s turn Australia from a laggard to a leader in climate action

Australia is ranked in the bottom 10 countries for climate action – a lowly 55 out of 63 nations on the
Climate Change Performance Index

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  • 45. Czech Republic 44.16
  • 46. Belarus 43.69
  • 47. Türkiye 43.32
  • 48. Algeria 42.26
  • 49. Argentina 41.19
  • 50. Japan 40.85
  • 51. China 38.80
  • 52. United States 38.53
  • 53. Hungary 38.51
  • 54. Poland 37.94
  • 55. Australia 36.26
  • 56. Malaysia 33.51
  • 57. Chinese Taipei 28.35

Let’s turn Australia from a laggard to a leader in climate action

Australia is ranked in the bottom 10 countries for climate action – a lowly 55 out of 63 nations on the
Climate Change Performance Index

Countries

‘75 by 35’ is realistic and
achievable for Australia

We need to meet the ambition of our global peers. Three states are leading the way. We need all states to follow.

Tasmania Net Zero by 2030

Victoria 75-80% reduction by 2035

NSW 70% reduction by 2035

‘75 by 35’ is realistic and
achievable for Australia

We need to meet the ambition of our global peers. Three states are leading the way. We need all states to follow.

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