UK pushes Australian PM on climate targets

Daniel McCulloch
(Australian Associated Press)

 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is calling on Australia to take greater action on climate change.

Mr Johnson spoke to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison overnight.

The pair discussed a free trade deal before the British leader shifted the conversation to climate change.

A spokesperson for Mr Johnson said he stressed the need to take bold action to address climate change and highlighted that driving economic growth and reducing emissions could go hand-in-hand.

The British prime minister is setting his sights on a major climate conference in Glasgow next year.

“He emphasised the importance of setting ambitious targets to cut emissions and reach net zero,” the Downing Street spokesperson said.

The United Kingdom has set a goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050 but Australia has not.

A spokesperson for Mr Morrison said the British leader welcomed Australia’s suite of emissions reductions programs.

“Both countries agreed to work closely together to accelerate research and deployment of low emission technologies,” the spokesperson said.

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