Federal minister insists reduction targets should be in legislation not regulation

Australia’s energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, has dug in his heels on the national energy guarantee, rebuffing a potential compromise position put by the states to make the scheme’s emissions reduction target easier to scale up.

Before cabinet deliberations on Monday in the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Queensland on the proposal, Frydenberg declared that the commonwealth must have sole responsibility for the national emissions reduction target in the Neg because it was the signatory to the Paris climate agreement.

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