State governments collaborate on net-zero

Matt Kean (state net-zero)
NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean

Three state and territory governments have formed a historic cross-party agreement to help each other work towards reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, according to The Guardian.

The Coalition and Liberal Party state governments in New South Wales and South Australia and the ACT’s Labor-Greens administration said the collaboration, called the net-zero emissions policy forum, would help sub-national jurisdictions address the practical challenges of achieving net zero.

The move has been made in the absence of stronger action by the federal government, with the Morrison Government’s net-zero plan widely criticised for its lack of detail and modelling.

The states and territories involved hope other state governments will join the forum, which will share policies and resources, and work together to speed up the transition to net zero.

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“Taking action on climate change is an economic and environmental imperative, and this is about ensuring states and territories are working together to address it,” NSW treasurer and energy minister Matt Kean said.

“Greenhouse gas emissions do not recognise borders, and to tackle climate change we need a globally collaborative approach and that is what this forum is about.”

ACT minister for climate action Andrew Barr said forum members were calling on their colleagues in other state and regional governments to take decisive action to address the climate crisis.

“Sub-national governments have a vital role to play in getting to net zero emissions because we have some of the most important levers such as transport, buildings and energy,” he said.