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Albanese to outline climate plan at summit

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Anthony Albanese admits the brakes will need to be put on government spending in his first budget. Photo: AAP
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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will lay out Australia’s climate plans in a speech to a forum being organised by US President Joe Biden.

Mr Biden will on Friday night host a virtual leader-level meeting in what is known as the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate.

Premiers and chief ministers at a meeting of the national cabinet in Canberra voiced their shared commitment to Australia’s new emissions target, which has been submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The federal government signed off on a new commitment on Thursday, to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 43 per cent to below 2004 levels by 2030.

“I will be a speaker at the forum being convened by President Biden where we will be further announcing our program of the new commitment that we’ve submitted to the UNFCCC,” Mr Albanese told reporters.

The meeting is part of the US president’s efforts to urge more ambitious climate action.

It involves countries representing 80 per cent of global GDP, population, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Meanwhile, Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen told a forum that good climate policy was also good economic policy.

“As we get on with unleashing investment, we will show that the world’s climate emergency is indeed Australia’s jobs opportunity,” he told the Climate Change Investment and Finance Summit.

He said the government would seek to use Australia’s solar and wind resources as well as skilled workforce and energy storage space in order to become a clean energy export superpower.

“Australia is under new management and Australia is open for business in the new global economy.”

– AAP