Expert Panel report indicates Queensland renewable energy target is achievable

MEDIA RELEASE 12 October, 2016

The Queensland Conservation Council has welcomed the release of the draft report from the Queensland Renewable Energy Expert Panel this morning.

The report indicates that the Queensland Labor target of 50% renewable energy by 2030 is achievable, and lays out several options for arriving at this outcome.

“Energy is a key component of addressing climate change and transforming the Queensland economy to a post-carbon future,” said Queensland Conservation Council head Dr Tim Seelig.

“Queensland is the highest emitter of carbon pollution of all the Australian States, and electricity generation is the largest single source of those emissions. It is therefore imperative that renewable electricity generation is made a high priority in Queensland.

“The draft report from the Renewable Energy Expert Panel shows that target of 50% renewable energy by 2030 can indeed be reached, if government action is applied at the state and or Federal levels.

“In the last couple of weeks we have heard a lot of claims that these ambitious renewable energy targets are not realistic or reachable.

“Today’s draft report shows this to be wrong, and that in fact there are several options for achieving the targets. We hope that by the time the final report from the Expert Panel is completed, a clear pathway and recommended action plan is laid out for Queensland on a 50% renewable energy target.

“While the report is a major step forward for renewable energy in Queensland, we do also need to see a holistic approach to tackling climate change and securing a shift away from reliance of fossil fuels-based energy production.

“We look forward to complementary commitments and targets in the coming months to address other components of climate change action at the state level, including reducing our reliance on coal fired power”

The final report from the Renewable Energy Expert Panel is expected by early 2017.

For further information or comment contact:
Queensland Conservation Council Coordinator Dr Tim Seelig on 0439 201 183

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