THE Greens say Australia's 5 per cent pollution cut under the next phase of the Kyoto protocol would be an "insult" to future generations.Greens leader Christine Milne said a more realistic target would be 25 to 40 per cent.
"If the Australian Government signs on to a 5 per cent reduction target, then there's a real danger we will lock in a low level of ambition globally, and it certainly means that developing countries will see Australia trying to get a sweetheart deal," she told reporters in Melbourne.
Climate Change Minister Greg Combet announced today Australia was "ready to join a second commitment period" of the protocol, which is to be discussed at global climate talks in Doha in December.
If certain conditions are met in Doha, Australia will take on the bipartisan commitment to cut emissions by five per cent below 2000 levels by 2020.
There also was the potential to increase this target to 15 or 25 per cent, depending on the scale of global action, Mr Combet said.