However, Australia had already declared in October, shortly before the start of the World Climate Conference, that it was aiming for more ambitious climate goals and that it wanted to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Morrison, an outspoken supporter of the coal industry, has long hesitated to issue this target – even though Australia is particularly hard hit by climate change. At the same time, Down Under is one of the largest coal exporters in the world and has one of the highest CO2 emission rates per capita.
During the election campaign, Albanese promised to tackle the climate crisis and invest in renewable energies. “In my discussions with international leaders over the past few weeks, they have all welcomed Australia’s change in position,” Albanese said. The Labor boss clearly won the parliamentary elections in May.