NEG is dead, but the Paris targets remain: PM

The prime minister at a press conference in Melbourne

Australia remains committed to meeting its Paris emissions targets, even as it moves to abandon its national energy policy, the government is urging.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will propose abandoning the National Energy Guarantee at a meeting of the party hall when parliament resumes next week, and also legally disclaim the commitments of the Paris Agreement.

"The government remains committed to meeting its objectives in Paris," a spokesman for the prime minister's office told AAP on Saturday.

"Our commitment remains, but we will not legislate it."

Earlier, Mr. Morrison confirmed to The Weekend Australian that the energy policy formed by his predecessor, Malcolm Turnbull, would receive the film.

"The NEG is dead, the guarantee of long-term reliability, the long-term default prices, the long life supports the new generation of energy," Morrison said.

"To a large extent, we're already in that position anyway, so it's not a major change, but we just have to put aside any suggestion that this legislation is underway."

Speaking to ABC, Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman admitted that he regretted seeing the NEG leave, but that all its guarantees of energy reliability would remain.

"The first thing we have to say is that we are not destroying the Paris targets," he said.

There was internal division within the coalition on whether to legislate them or not.

"But our commitment to fulfill them remains," he said.

Even with NEG dumping, Zimmerman said the government still had a strong energy policy focused on reducing prices.

This included granting new powers to the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission to sanction and divest that energy companies do not play fairly.

It also included an investment guarantee to back the disposable power.

But Labor MP Linda Burney called on Australia's new energy minister, Angus Taylor, to downplay the importance of the Paris Agreement.

"I am amazed that the government is moving away from trying to achieve a national energy policy," Ms. Burney told ABC.

"If the government says they are moving to lower energy prices, forgetting renewable energy, forgetting the National Energy Guarantee, I think it's really difficult."