Australia is to ban the use of offshore wind power and coal power generation from 2030, in an attempt to limit climate change and cut emissions.
The Government announced the measures on Wednesday, which would include bans on the construction of coal power stations and coal mines.
“The Government will continue to ensure Australia is one of the world leaders in developing new renewable energy sources and will continue supporting innovative and clean technologies that help drive economic development and create jobs,” Environment Minister Greg Hunt said.
“In our pursuit of a low-carbon future, we will continue pursuing our national policy to tackle climate change.”
The Government has already set a target to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2030, which is the target set by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
“This policy will be in place by 2031, but is likely to have a greater impact as time goes on,” the Government said in a statement.
“We are taking the first steps to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and we are committed to taking these steps in a way that will ensure Australia remains one of Australia’s leading global emitters.”
The announcement follows a meeting between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the head of the World Wildlife Fund, Jane Goodall.