Don't blame Australia for coal burned offshore. Blame us for burning it here

(The Guardian, 27 Aug 2019) Focusing on scope-3 emissions distracts from the main game: ensuring Australia meets its domestic obligations.

Holding Australia responsible for the burning of exported coal is equivalent to holding Japan responsible for the millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide emitted by cars in Australia.

It is a ridiculous position that betrays a misunderstanding of the UN framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC) and the history of climate change negotiations.

More importantly it distracts from the main game: making sure Australia meets its legal obligations to reduce domestic greenhouse gas emissions.

The vast majority of thermal coal mined around the world is burned in the same country that produces it.

Australia’s entire thermal coal output in 2017 was equivalent to just one year’s growth in global production.

So what, you might say – Australia has a moral responsibility not to export coal.

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The Guardian, 27 Aug 2019: Don't blame Australia for coal burned offshore. Blame us for burning it here