Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has called for “a fair and equal” approach to global warming in Australia’s transition to renewable energy.

“We have to be the cleanest, most resilient and most compassionate nation on Earth,” Mr Rudd said.

“And we can do that if we work together to develop a fair and equally sustainable transition to renewables.”

Mr Rudd’s comments come as Australia’s federal and state governments are negotiating the details of a new energy transition plan that includes a $1.4 trillion commitment to renewables.

Mr Turnbull said he believed Australia was in a “very strong position” to lead the world on climate change, adding: “I have a very clear vision of a nation that is truly a global leader in addressing climate change.”

The announcement comes amid rising concerns over the economic impact of climate change and a growing appetite for the renewable energy sector.

In July, Mr Turnbull said the Federal Government would “have to consider a carbon tax” on the energy sector, a move that was widely viewed as a political stunt.

However, he also promised that Australia would “continue to lead” on climate issues, despite a new federal election in just six months.

“The world has changed,” Mr Turnbull told ABC Radio on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, the Government confirmed the country’s carbon emission reduction targets, which include a $30 billion ($26 billion) target for 2020, would be cut from the Government’s target of reducing emissions from power stations by 40 per cent below 2005 levels. “

They are also aware of the urgency of our national security interests, which are now so clear, and they are increasingly demanding the most responsible, fair and equitable solution.”

Earlier this month, the Government confirmed the country’s carbon emission reduction targets, which include a $30 billion ($26 billion) target for 2020, would be cut from the Government’s target of reducing emissions from power stations by 40 per cent below 2005 levels.

The target is a significant step up from previous targets and will bring the nation closer to its target than Australia has ever been. AAP/ABC

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