The Guardian reports Australian Ambassador to the United States Arthur Sinodinos says the Biden administration is "very open" to Australia's push to focus on investing in low-emissions technology "but their view is that goes hand-in-hand with how we think about climate ambition".

Ambassador Sinodinos, in an address at the United States Studies Centre State of the United States conference and publication launch, said it was "better to underpromise and overdeliver" on setting emission reduction targets.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also restated his intentions to achieve net-zero emissions and transition Australia to a "new energy economy" during talks with John Kerry, America's special presidential envoy for climate, this week.