The Australian government maintains that it will achieve its emissions reduction target by 2020, despite a recent controversial move by the Abbott government to abolish the nation’s carbon tax.

In an email statement to Power Engineering International, the Australian Department of Energy said that the means of making the target would now be achieved through the Emissions Reduction Fund.
The department said the fund “will support Australian businesses and households to take practical, direct action to reduce emissions and improve the environment. The Australian Government has provided A$2.55bn to establish the Fund, with further funding to be considered in future budgets.”

On 18 June 2014, the Government introduced to the Australian Parliament a bill to implement the Emissions Reduction Fund. The Bill can be found online at the department’s web site.

The Department of the Environment has also published fact sheets about the Emissions Reduction Fund, which can be found online here.

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