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Queensland climate change response

Queensland’s climate is changing.

We are already experiencing hotter summers, more frequent natural disasters and impacts on our natural environment (such as coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef).

These changes pose a threat to our economy, our communities, our environment and our way of life.

A global economic transition is underway as countries around the world move to reduce pollutants and adopt low carbon alternatives.

As a result, Queensland’s economy, industries and communities will also need to change.

The Queensland Government is committed to playing its part in the global effort to address the impacts of climate change and ensure the long-term viability of our economy, communities and industries.

The Queensland Climate Change Response outlines our commitments and the actions we will take to transition to a low carbon, clean growth economy and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate.

We will make the transition in a way that delivers the best outcomes for Queensland—by securing new jobs and opportunities for Queenslanders, supporting and strengthening our communities and protecting our precious natural environment.

Queensland Climate Change Response video

Video transcript

Queensland’s climate is changing

That means damage to our reef, hotter and longer summers and more intense natural disasters.

We need to act.

The world is responding by cutting pollutants and adopting low-carbon alternatives.

Queensland’s economy, industries and communities are changing, too.

Help is at hand.

The Queensland Government is working with industry, councils and communities to grow opportunities.

Our target is zero net emissions by 2050.

To get there, we’ll need to:

  • Diversify our economy by creating new jobs and industries
  • Help existing industries remain competitive
  • Support communities to take action

We’re carefully and steadily working towards our target.

Together, government, councils, industry and communities need to prepare for a changing climate.

To become more adaptable, we’ll need to:

  • Understand what is changing
  • Use the best science to help us plan
  • Make sure our future decisions take climate change into account
  • Work together and share our knowledge because together we will be more resilient

Find out more.

Climate strategies

The Queensland Climate Change Response includes two key strategies.

Queensland Government climate action

Climate action requires everyone to play their part so we can minimise the risks and harness the opportunities.

The Queensland Government is leading the way and working closely with business and industry, local councils and regional communities to understand, adapt and transition.

Understand—use science to understand climate impacts and support decision making.

Adapt—take action to adapt to the impacts of a changing climate.

Transition—take action to transition to a clean energy, low carbon economy.

Queensland Government commitments

The Queensland Climate Change Response builds on government commitments and actions that are underway to support adaptation and transition.

  • Transitioning to a low carbon energy sector
    Working with industry and the community to transition to an efficient, affordable and fair clean energy system, including: setting a 50% Renewable Energy Target by 2030 to drive jobs, investment, and cut carbon pollution; unlocking North Queensland’s renewable energy potential through the Powering North Queensland Plan (PDF, 3.61MB); and supporting and additional 400 megawatts of new large-scale renewable capacity under the Powering Queensland Plan.
  • CarbonPlus fund
    Funding of $8.4 million to support and expand the carbon farming industry and create jobs.
  • 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 under the Advancing Clean Energy Schools program.
  • Solar150
    Encouraging development of up to 150 megawatts of large-scale solar power generation in Queensland.
  • Green Bonds
    Support investment in environmentally responsible projects through Green Bonds issued by the Queensland Treasury Corporation.
  • 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
    A three-year program to build and strengthen local government capacity to respond to the opportunities and risks of climate change.
  • Electric vehicles
    Development of a strategy to encourage and facilitate uptake of electric vehicles.
  • Green star ratings
    Work to achieve Green Star ratings for government buildings.
  • Sustainability assessments
    Assessments, which include climate change considerations, required for all government capital projects over $100 million in value.
  • Biofutures
    The Advance Queensland’s Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan has a vision for a $1 billion sustainable (including low carbon) and export-oriented industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector.
  • Regional Climate Change Impact Summaries
    The summaries provide regionally specific, interactive information on projected future climate change impacts for 13 Queensland regions.
  • Climate Change in Queensland map application
    This application provides information about the projected impacts of climate change for the years 2030, 2050 and 2070.

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Queensland Climate Change Response video

Find out how Queensland will transition to a low carbon economy and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate.

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Last updated
15 September 2017
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