Queensland’s greenhouse gas emissions

The Queensland Government has set a state target to reach zero net emissions by 2050.

Along with the interim target for at least a 30 per cent reduction in emissions on 2005 levels by 2030, this target is a critical first step to drive the investment and action needed to transition Queensland’s economy to a zero emissions future.

We aim to transparently report on emissions to help track Queensland’s progress, which is done using the State and Territory Greenhouse Gas Inventories prepared by the Australian Government.

Achieving net zero emissions by 2050

Independent analysis, conducted in 2017, found that it is technically and economically feasible for Queensland to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 with the currently available technology. Under this analysis, the state could halve its total emissions by 2050 and offset the remainder through domestic bio-sequestration such as managed regrowth and environmental plantings. View the Executive Summary (PDF, 285 KB) and full Technical Report (PDF, 3.0 MB) .

To inform our pathway to a zero net emission future, multiple options will be explored as our economy evolves due to changing conditions and technologies. The move to a zero emissions economy will take place over decades and will translate into different rates of change for different industries, regions and communities.

We will work to identify the opportunities and risks of a state – and global – shift to a zero emissions economy. This will take into account various emissions scenarios and factors such as international action, global technology, market trends and national climate policy. We will analyse the risks and opportunities on a sectoral and regional basis to better understand how different communities can plan to prosper in a changing global economy.

State of the Environment reporting

The State of the Environment report provides a comprehensive assessment of Queensland’s environmental performance. The report's Pollution theme provides information about Queensland’s greenhouse gas emissions estimates and a breakdown of emissions trends for the following sectors: energy, transport, industrial processes, agriculture, land use, land use change and forestry, fugitive emissions, and waste.

Leading by example: reporting Queensland Government emissions

We are working to reduce the emissions generated by Queensland Government operations to save money and resources, and reduce emissions.

Whole-of-government policy settings and procurement arrangements for electricity, vehicles and air travel can drive emissions reductions across all departments.

The Queensland Government reports annually on its greenhouse gas emissions from electricity, transport and air travel for each department through Open Data.

A range of our commitments, programs and initiatives are in place to support better outcomes for Queensland.

Annual Global Carbon Disclosure Report

As part of our participation in the Under2 Coalition, the Queensland Government publicly reports its climate actions and greenhouse gas emissions on an annual basis. We also contribute data and information to the Annual Disclosure Report, which provides a transparent and global picture of state and regional climate ambition and progress towards their targets.

Global Climate Action portal

Queensland’s emissions and climate commitments are also reported on the Global Climate Action portal via the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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