Climate change mitigation
The Queensland Government recognises the need both to adapt to the effects of a changing climate, and to mitigate the effects of climate change through reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Queensland is willing to play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Queensland Government is in the process of exploring options for climate change mitigation. The government plans to reduce emissions in innovative ways including supporting measures associated with renewable energy, particularly focusing on solar and a mandate for biofuels.
The government supports greater use of renewable energy, with key commitments announced under A Solar Future plan including:
- Setting a target of one million solar rooftops by 2020.
- Investigating a 50% renewable energy target for 2030.
- Supporting up to 150 megawatts of large-scale solar power generation through the Solar 150 initiative.
These measures will complement and support the government’s commitment to protect the Great Barrier Reef including to ‘keep carbon in the ground’ through vegetation protection measures.
Advancing Climate Action in Queensland: Making the transition to a low carbon future
At the 21st United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference staged in Paris in December 2015, more than 200 nations—including Australia—accepted unanimously that climate change is real and that urgent action is required to reduce global carbon emissions.
To underscore this, 2015 was the hottest year since record keeping began—and after the summer of 2016, only 7% of the Great Barrier Reef was unaffected by coral bleaching.
The Queensland Government has the solutions to build a cleaner, more sustainable and prosperous Queensland to help Australia reduce its emissions.
The government is working to develop an effective transition strategy for Queensland in an increasingly low carbon global economy to ensure Queensland gets its fair share of the jobs and industries of the future.
Have your say on the discussion paper
On 11 May 2016, the Queensland Government released the climate change discussion paper Advancing Climate Action in Queensland: Making the transition to a low carbon future (PDF, 4.34MB). This discussion paper provided some of the best examples of work being done throughout Australia to tackle climate change—and most importantly, sought feedback from across Queensland to develop the right strategies to achieve a low carbon future.
Over 6000 submissions were received to the climate change discussion paper from across industry, business and community, demonstrating just how strongly Queenslanders feel about transitioning our State to a low carbon future.
These submissions will now be analysed and will inform the next step in developing Queensland’s Climate Transition Strategy.
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Queensland Carbon Pollution Projections
Carbon Pollution Projections: Queensland’s Baseline Greenhouse Gas Emissions to 2030 (PDF, 640KB) provides a clear picture of Queensland’s emissions profile into the future in the absence of any new emissions policy measures.
If Queensland takes no new steps to reduce its carbon pollution, the baseline scenario projects emissions would rise by 35% by 2030. As custodians of iconic natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef, which supports nearly 70,000 jobs and is under threat from rising global temperatures, Queensland doing nothing will result in our emissions rising significantly over the next 15 years at the very time they need to be reduced.
The Queensland Government accepts the overwhelming scientific consensus on the causes and consequences of climate change and sees understanding the emissions generated as the important step towards developing a strategy for tackling carbon pollution in Queensland.