“I do think the world leaders are really starting to listen … I think that they are starting to see how urgent this is and what an emergency this is,” Mr Johnson told a host of children at the Kids Press Conference on climate action.
“They’re making some good commitments.”
Referencing to a net zero emissions target by 2050, Mr Johnson said “the Australians have just decided to do that”.
“Now that was actually very difficult for Australia because Australia is very heavily dependent on coal, on lots of carbon-producing industries and they’ve done a heroic thing, the Australians, in getting to that commitment.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050 ‘heroic’. Picture: Peter Nicholls – WPA Pool/Getty Images
Mr Johnson said he was hopeful many other countries would join Australia in its commitment as he revealed “many world leaders” felt subject to “peer pressure” at the climate summit.
He flagged he is “very worried” the Glasgow summit will struggle to achieve the agreements needed to tackle climate change, conceding it will be “touch and go”. 
The conference will kick-off on October 31 and will run until November 12. 
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Mr Morrison was asked about his British counterpart’s comments on Tuesday as he unveiled the federal government’s climate policy, saying Mr Johnson’s keen understanding of Australia’s needs has brought the two countries closer together.
“I welcome the comments of my good friend, Mr Johnson, and I wish him well for leading the COP26,” Mr Morrison said.
“One of the things that I think goes to the strength of the relationship between Australia and UK – between Boris and I – is Boris understands Australia, he understands that this is a different challenge for Australia to other countries.”
Net zero target ‘100 per cent’ supported by the government
Mr Morrison added he and Mr Johnson had discussed the matter “at length” on numerous occasions and the British leader “understands that this is an important decision for Australia in making our contribution and doing the right thing for our country first”.
“And he understands we’re making this decision in our national interest and he welcomes it. So I appreciate what Boris has said.
“It is the right thing to do, it is the right plan for Australia.”
Outlining his government’s plan to successfully reach the climate target, Mr Morrison said the country was “already delivering” and achieved a more than 20 per cent reduction in emissions since 2005,
He added Australia has met and beat the Kyoto 2020 targets.
“Our plan is a fair plan, it’s a practical plan, it’s a responsible plan to support the net zero by 2050 target,” he said. 
The productivity commission will review the climate policy every five years.

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