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Australia upbeat on climate summit talks Cathy Alexander

Australia
AAP
04/08/2010

Australia is pushing for an ambitious global climate deal at a summit in Germany - an outcome that would increase pressure to sort out domestic climate policy.

After the failure of last year's Copenhagen summit, 185 nations are trying again in Bonn this week.

Participants aim to thrash out a draft deal ahead of a major climate summit in Cancun, Mexico in December.

There are signs of progress and it's possible that some key problems - the future of the Kyoto protocol, the rules governing forests and land clearing - may be resolved, clearing the way for a deal.

Australia is playing an active role and has told the talks that important progress is being made.

"We see a real opportunity for an ambitious, comprehensive outcome in Cancun," Louise Hand, Australia's Ambassador for Climate Change, told the Bonn talks on Monday.

Ms Hand called for a deal that can ramp up countries' promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Australia has pledged to cut emissions by five to 25 per cent by 2020, depending on what other countries do.

"We need to explore methods for countries to move to higher levels of ambition," Ms Hand said.

The prospect of reaching a global climate deal would put pressure on Australia to find a way to meet its greenhouse target.

Australia does not have a scheme in place to reduce emissions and it's a hot topic in the federal election campaign.

Some experts say neither major party has a credible plan to meet the five per cent target.

Labor has delayed consideration of a carbon price until 2012, and will appoint a citizens' assembly to look into the issue in the interim.

The coalition opposes a carbon price and aims to reduce emissions through investment in environmental programs and science.

Tony Mohr from the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) said some of the problems at Copenhagen had been resolved, or were close to it.

"We are seeing a lot more enthusiasm for resolving some of the fundamentals," he told AAP.

"We're not there yet but we're certainly seeing a lot more problem-solving and a lot more willingness to get over some of the hurdles."

Mr Mohr said progress had been made on climate finance, rules for emissions from land use and forests, and the issue of whether the Kyoto protocol should carry on.

One new problem is that the US has abandoned its climate legislation, although it has stood by its pledge to cut emissions at Bonn.

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