Can Australia reach Net Zero Emissions by 2050? We think so

Aug 16, 2021

Recently, Prime Minister Scott Morrison refused a commitment to the target of net zero emissions by 2050.

In an article by the ABC, the PM says his reasons for being non-committal include: “I won’t be signing a blank cheque on behalf of Australians to targets without plans.”

It came after global leaders issued the international “code red” warning off the back of the latest United Nations’ IPCC – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – report.

The report states our Earth will warm more than 1.5 degrees Celsius within the next decade, causing rising sea levels and more frequent and devastating natural disasters, unless drastic action is taken to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Despite the PM’s rejection, there is proof that this has not diminished people’s drive to make a contribution to such a significant and worldly issue. We are still fighting the good fight, and in actual fact, it has made businesses and companies work harder and fiercer to do their part.

At 2XE, we have joined forces with national businesses and companies to work toward net zero sooner than 2050. This year, we were engaged by the NSW Government to run Australia’s first Net Zero Emissions Leadership Accelerator Program, with the purpose of helping twenty-seven of the State’s leading organisations to develop a Net Zero Emissions strategy. Organisations involved in this program include IKEA, the Opera House, Blackmores, Coca Cola Amatil, Evolution Mining and Hunter New England Local Health District.

In the article, Mr Morrison also states Australia’s response would be led by technological change.

“World history teaches one thing: technology changes everything,” Mr Morrison said. And while technology can change everything, this change can not be achieved without the willingness of businesses to take some calculated risks and lead its adoption.

We work hard at 2XE to combine the best of engineering and business strategy to ensure that achieving Net Zero Emissions becomes a source of competitive advantage for our clients.