Australia is being challenged to almost double its 2030 emissions reduction target by the minister in charge of next month’s Glasgow climate summit.

The president of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Alok Sharma, has framed Scott Morrison’s participation as a test of Australia’s friendship with Britain.

He said a show of unity between the two nations at the summit is essential for climate action.

The prime minister is under pressure to raise Australia’s goal of cutting emissions by 26-28 per cent by 2030 from 2005 levels.

Mr Morrison is yet to reveal whether he will fly to Glasgow to take part in the summit.

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