Essential Report

Increasing emissions target ambitions

Nov 9, 2021

Q. In addition to its plan for Australia to reach a net zero emissions target by 2050, the federal government plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 26–28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Which of the following approaches to acting on climate change and reducing emissions do you think is more important for Australia?

Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Set a more ambitious target for 2030 43% 42% 45% 41% 43% 45% 55% 33% 69% 39%
Set a net zero target for 2050 25% 28% 22% 31% 26% 19% 21% 36% 22% 19%
Not set any targets for 2030 or 2050 11% 13% 9% 7% 9% 17% 7% 15% 3% 22%
Unsure 20% 17% 24% 21% 21% 19% 17% 16% 7% 21%
Base (n) 1,089 534 555 336 374 379 354 401 106 125
  • 43% of people want to see a more ambitious target set for 2030 in order to achieve the net zero emission target in 2050. A quarter (25%) think setting targets for just 2050 is enough and 11% oppose setting any emissions targets.

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