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AN analysis of the Coalition’s direct action climate change policy suggests it will result in Australia substantially increasing its carbon emissions by 2020 rather than reducing them below 2000 levels.

A Climate Action Tracker policy brief suggests while Labor’s emissions trading scheme would enable Australia to cut emissions by five per cent on 2000 levels, the Abbott government’s policy won’t meet the Kyoto target.

“The Abbott government’s proposed direct action program lacks the resources to meet the five per cent from 2000 reduction goal and instead could lead to emissions of about 12 per cent above 2000 levels by 2020,” the policy brief states.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott on yesterday introduced into parliament a package of bills to repeal Labor’s carbon price.

He’s vowed to replace it with direct action focusing on storing carbon in soil and vegetation.

The policy brief, jointly produced by Climate Analytics, Ecofys and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, suggests such carbon sequestration activities are “highly uncertain and unlikely to be viable”.

“(But) our most recent analysis confirms that Australia’s current legislation – if continued – would be sufficient to meet its unconditional (five per cent) pledge.”

Climate Analytics director Bill Hare said the carbon price would have bent Australia’s upwards emissions curve downwards for the first time.

Its repeal and replacement with a policy that goes against the science will instead see a likely re-carbonisation of the power sector, he said.

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