Critics slammed Australia for not acting to spur faster decarbonisation as the fossil-rich nation unveiled a 2050 net zero emissions pledge that places heavy stress on “ultra-cheap solar” and hydrogen, but barely mentions wind power.

With the COP26 climate summit just days away, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia’s “technology-driven” roadmap “sets out a credible pathway to net zero by 2050, while preserving our existing industries, establishing Australia as a leader in low emissions technologies, and positioning our regions to prosper”.