Australia backs technology in new carbon emissions plan

(Reuters, 21 May 2020) The strategy targets the use of gas, hydrogen, batteries and carbon capture to cut emissions - but green groups oppose the plan, saying it won't wean the country off fossil fuels.

Australia's conservative government on Thursday released a fresh plan to tackle climate change, targetting the use of gas, hydrogen, batteries and carbon capture, while avoiding the contentious issue of setting a carbon price.

Australia, one of the world's biggest carbon emitters per capita, has struggled for more than a decade to formulate a long-term plan for a low carbon economy amid a politically charged debate between fossil fuel supporters and opponents.

The latest proposal, which the government aims to turn into formal policy by September, is based on driving down energy storage costs to back up wind and solar power, electrifying industrial processes and scaling up hydrogen production.

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