Australia Rejects Global Methane Pledge Backed by EU, US

Australia this week, however, did adopt a target of net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050, after Morrison secured support from the rural-focused National Party.

Sonali Paul and Praveen Menon, Reuters

Australia will not back a pledge, led by the EU and the U.S., to cut methane emissions by 30% by 2030 due to concerns about the impact on farming, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Oct. 28.

However New Zealand, another major methane emitter through its dairy and sheep industries, may join two dozen other countries in signing the Global Methane Pledge.

“New Zealand is actively considering signing up to the pledge and will take a decision soon,” a spokesperson for Climate Change Minister James Shaw said.

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