Australia risks being left behind on climate change after G7

A DECISION by the G7 to phase out fossil fuels by the end of the century could leave Australia behind, the Australian Conservation Foundation claims.

The agreement by the world's leading economies also included a deal to try to limit rises in average global temperatures to no more than two degrees above pre-industrial levels.

It also includes an agreement to cut carbon emissions, from 2010 levels, by mid-century and calls for moves away from coal and towards nuclear and renewable energy.

ACF climate change manager Victoria McKenzie-McHarg said the decision heralded the end of "the age of polluting fossil fuels".

She said it had shown the direction some of the world's most powerful economies were taking, and Australia risked behind left behind.