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Government initiatives and actions

Queensland Government initiatives

The Queensland Climate Change Response sets out the Queensland Government’s strategy to transition to a low carbon economy and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate. A range of government commitments, programs and initiatives are in place to support better outcomes for Queensland.

  • Renewable energy
    Working with industry and the community to transition to an efficient, affordable and fair clean energy system. This includes setting a 50% Renewable Energy Target by 2030 to drive jobs, investment and cut carbon pollution; developing new large-scale renewable capacity through the Powering Queensland Plan.
  • Solar150
    Encouraging development of up to 150 megawatts of large-scale solar power generation in Queensland.
  • 1 million (or 3000 megawatts of) solar rooftops
    Supporting the deployment of solar PV on the rooftops of businesses, community buildings and commercial or industrial sites including on public housing and schools.
  • CarbonPlus fund
    Funding of $8.4 million to support and expand the carbon farming industry and create jobs.
  • Clean Growth Choices Supporting six regional communities to develop economic and social roadmaps for the future. It will also provide valuable case studies and learnings for other Queensland communities wishing to develop their own transition plans.
  • Land Restoration Fund The $500 million fund aims to expand carbon farming in the state by supporting land-sector projects with significant co-benefits, including benefits for Aboriginal communities.
  • Green Bonds
    Supporting investment in environmentally responsible projects through Green Bonds issued by the Queensland Treasury Corporation.
  • Electric vehicles
    Encouraging and facilitating the uptake of electric vehicles through the Queensland Electric Vehicle Strategy.
  • Biofutures
    Leading a bio-economic revolution through the Advance Queensland’s Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan, which aims to develop a sustainable (including low carbon) and export-oriented industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector.
  • QCoast2100
    Funding of $12 million over three years to assist local councils deal with coastal hazards and the impacts of sea-level rise.
  • Queensland Climate Resilient Councils
    Building and strengthening local government capacity to respond to the opportunities and risks of climate change.

Queensland Government actions

The Queensland Government is committed to leading by example when it comes to taking action on climate change.

By seeking opportunities to reduce emissions from government operations, the Queensland Government is addressing its own carbon footprint and becoming more efficient and sustainable in the process.

  • Energy efficient buildings
    Through the industry-led t3 initiative the Queensland Government is working to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings. Lighting upgrades from fluorescent to smart LED will save around $300,000 in energy costs and around 640 tonnes of greenhouse gasses annually.
  • Sustainable public schools
    The Advancing Clean Energy Schools program is a $97 million initiative to reduce energy costs across Queensland state schools through solar and energy efficiency measures.
  • Energy efficient public housing
    The solar for public housing trial will see a total of three to six megawatts of solar panels installed on 2,000 to 4,000 public houses in Cairns, Rockhampton and Logan areas. Solar panels are also being install on government buildings in places such as the Lockhart River which will reduce the community’s use of diesel power.
    A 200-kilowatt rooftop solar farm is being trailed in Lockhart River to save on the cost of supplying diesel power to the community. Some of the savings will be shared with eligible public housing tenants in the community.
  • Energy efficient police service
    The Queensland Police Service is delivering an Electricity Optimisation Project (EOP), which will see solar power and other energy efficient infrastructure installed at its facilities across the state.
    The project will see the installation of 1.6MW solar systems at over 45 sites, as well as the replacement of fluorescent lighting with LED; and more energy efficient air-conditioners in police stations across Queensland.
  • Reducing carbon pollution from government vehicles
    • The QFleet Environmental Strategy includes an emissions reduction target of 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 and provides a clear path to zero net emissions by 2050.
    • The QFleet Electric Vehicle Transition Strategy will see existing vehicles replaced by plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EVs), the introduction of EVs into car sharing pools, the introduction of battery EVs to match existing lease replacements, and measures to incentivise agencies to take up EVs.
    • The Queensland Government is offsetting carbon pollution produced by its fleet of vehicles by purchasing high-quality carbon credits generated from Aboriginal-run land projects in Queensland through the CarbonPlus Fund.
  • Sustainable procurement
    The Queensland Government Procurement Policy incorporates sustainability considerations into the decision-making and purchasing process to help deliver better social, environmental and economic benefits.
  • Open data reporting
    The Queensland Government reports on carbon emissions from all its operations. This information is available on the Queensland Government Open Data Portal.