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What Albanese and Biden discussed at major forum
|Sky News Australia||2022-06-18||Link|
Anthony Albanese has revealed what he discussed with Joe Biden and other world leaders at a major forum the US President had reconvened. Australia's new emissions reduction target was on the agenda at a major forum attended by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, US President Joe Biden and other world leaders. Mr Albanese had this week revealed Australia is targeting a 43 per cent cut to emissions by 2030 at a press conference where he said climate action helps set the nation up for a "future powered by cleaner, cheaper energy". The Prime Minister on Saturday said he discussed the changed target with those in attendance at the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate. "Taking action on climate change will require working together with our friends across the globe," Mr Albanese said. "Last night I discussed Australia's new emissions reduction target with President Joe Biden and other world leaders at the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate. Addressing climate change is an investment in Australiaâs future. By producing more renewable energy, we can lower power prices for Australians and create jobs and new industries here. Stream Sky News live & on demand with Flash. 25+ news channels in 1 place. New to Flash? Try 1 month free. Offer ends 31 October, 2022 "Addressing climate change is an investment in Australia's future. By producing more renewable energy, we can lower power prices for Australians and create jobs and new industries here." The White House said in a statement Mr Biden was reconvening the forum "to galvanize actions that will strengthen energy security, enhance the resilience of global food security, and tackle the climate crisis". "These actions are all the more urgent following Russia's further invasion of Ukraine, which has disrupted energy markets, strained economies with rising prices, and threatened vulnerable countries with severe food shortages," the statement said. "At today's meeting, President Biden's third MEF convening since taking office, world leaders will raise ambitions and followed the United States leadership, joining new efforts and initiatives aimed at tackling the climate crisis while advancing energy-security and food-security." Happening Now: President Biden hosts the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate and reaffirms U.S. leadership to galvanize actions that strengthen energy security, enhance global food security, and tackle the climate crisis. https://t.co/nvSSinB3Zn Mr Albanese on Thursday announced Australia was changing its 2030 target to achieve a more substantial emissions cut by the end of the decade compared to what was previously committed to by the Coalition. "When I've spoken with international leaders in the last few weeks, they have all welcomed Australia's changed position. Our changed position of 43 per cent, up by 17 to 15 per cent, from the 26 to 28 per cent target that has remained there since Tony Abbott determined it in 2015," he said. "Scott Morrison went to the Glasgow Conference last year and gave an empty speech to an empty room with no changed position. "We saw a pamphlet released by a former government rather than a policy framework and we continued to see arguments, even during the election campaign, about the science of climate change, let alone the need to act." Mr Albanese said he and Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen wrote to Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa, to convey Australia's new target. "The thing with climate action is it's all about the short-term capital investment that's required but then you get the long-term benefit," he said. "Because the cheaper, cleaner energy flows well into the future. And that's what sets Australia up for a prosperous future. A future powered by cleaner, cheaper energy. "A future in which we make more things here. A future in which we participate in the global effort to deal with the challenge of climate change but also seize the opportunity that is there from acting on climate change." To join the conversation, please log in. Don't have an account? Register Join the conversation, you are commenting as Logout Our Apps