CANBERRA, AAP – Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese says Labor has plenty of time to release its 2030 emissions reduction target.

Mr Albanese has consistently said the opposition would release its mid-term emissions target after the COP26 climate summit which is drawing to a close in Glasgow.

“There’ll be plenty of time for us to go through the detail of what medium-term objectives we have and for us to have a debate about that,” Mr Albanese told ABC radio on Friday.

He would not be drawn on whether he supported a draft COP26 decision urging a 45 per cent reduction on emissions by 2030.

“If you’re serious about policy and you’re serious about being the alternative government – not some fringe group or minor party that can say whatever it likes – if you want to be held to account for what you say, you need to make sure that it’s properly thought through,” Mr Albanese said.

He insisted Australia could balance the continued use of coal in some form with the global aim of limiting global warming to 1.5C.

“You need to have a transition and you need to make sure that as you transition and use more renewable energy with battery storage – and you reduce your emissions over a period of time – you do so while protecting your economic base, while protecting jobs,” Mr Albanese said.

He demanded Prime Minister Scott Morrison release the government’s modelling behind its target for net zero emissions by 2050.

Mr Morrison indicated it would be released before federal parliament returns for its last sitting of the year on November 22.

The prime minister maintained Australia’s target of net zero by 2050, signed off days before Glasgow, was significant.

It was one of the last countries holding out on net zero by 2050.

“Our approach to dealing with climate change isn’t about putting the costs up of your petrol or your electricity, it’s about putting down the costs of the choices you want to make,” Mr Morrison told 3AW radio.