The Coalition’s net zero emissions target will leave Australia in a much stronger position when negotiating with foreign counterparts over potential trade deals, says Tourism Minister Dan Tehan.

Several world leaders had previously warned they would impose tariffs on Australian exports if Prime Minister Scott Morrison failed to commit to reducing carbon emissions.

However, Mr Tehan said the latest deal will be used as a bargaining chip on the international stage.

“We obviously have to be at the table to make sure that those tariffs aren’t put in place and the fact that we’re taking that commitment to net zero, I think, is really important for us to be able to do that,” he said.

“Just overnight, we saw a welcoming tweet by the European Union trade representative Valdis Dombrovskis welcoming our decision to go to net zero and say that will be looked upon favourably when it comes to our free trade agreement.

“It is important that we’re able to defend against the imposition of tariffs that will harm our farmers and our miners and our resource sector more broadly.

“Being at the table is absolutely essential as part of this debate for the future of our economy.”

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