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Queensland CAN roadmap: The climate solution plan creating jobs that cut pollution

Queensland Conservation Council and independent experts from Accenture have modelled a Qld Climate Action Plan roadmap outlining how Queensland CAN cut pollution by 60% by 2030 and create 87,000 climate solution jobs. 

The reality is that Queensland has a lot at stake when it comes to climate impacts, but if we make the right choices, we also have a lot to gain. 

Our communities and ecosystems are already facing devastating impacts from climate-induced disasters like droughts, flooding and coral bleaching. And it’s Queensland communities who can demand the action we need to cut pollution by building climate solutions. 

Our landmark report outlines a clear roadmap that the Queensland Government could take, made up of three new clean industries and eight policy reforms including:

  • Repower Queensland with clean energy ~53,000 jobs
    • Build 25 GW new renewable energy by 2030
    • Build 5 GW of renewable storage
    • Accelerate rooftop solar and electrify old gas
  • Lay the foundation for a gigaton-scale land carbon industry ~10,000 jobs
    • Reset the Land Restoration Fund
  • Accelerate clean exports ~24,000 jobs
    • Invest in 6GW of green hydrogen
    • Build battery manufacturing
    • Tighten coal mine methane regulation
    • Curb methane from cattle

The Queensland CAN roadmap shows that 6 of every 10 new jobs in this plan would be regionally-focused, providing huge economic benefits for communities across Queensland.

Regional and rural Queensland punches above its weight when it comes to natural resources, with the CAN roadmap showing that Queensland has the most abundant solar and wind power in the nation. 

Unfortunately, we are lagging behind almost all other states and territories when it comes to climate targets, with the Queensland CAN roadmap providing a scorecard that puts us in 6th place behind SA, Vic, NSW, Tas and the ACT.

Queensland’s current 2030 targets include;

  • 50% renewable energy 
  • 30% emission reductions on 2005 levels
  • Zero net emissions by 2050

As outlined in the Qld CAN roadmap, if the Queensland Government maintains these targets, we will not come close to aligning with the goals of the Paris agreement which aim to keep warming below 1.5 degrees. 

We have the natural resources, industrial skills and love for our people and places to build the climate solutions we need - now we just need the political leadership to make it happen. 

The Queensland Government has a responsibility to support regional communities to make the most of these clean industry opportunities and to protect our world-renowned natural wonders. 

The report demonstrates that currently, Queensland is one of the highest per capita carbon emitters in the world, falling only behind Alberta (Canada) and Qatar. We make up 32% of Australia’s carbon emissions with over ⅓ of Queensland’s emissions coming from coal and gas powered electricity. To protect our communities and ecosystems, we need the Queensland Government to build climate solutions that cuts the pollution fueling Queensland climate disasters.

Now is the critical moment for our Government to become a leader in climate solutions. The Qld CAN roadmap demonstrates that our state is well-placed to be ahead of the international market and benefit from opportunities in domestic and global clean industries, but we need our elected representatives to agree that Queensland CAN take climate action now. 

Communities are already demanding action, let’s increase the pressure to make it happen. 

Check out the full report below or watch the launch recording.

OR Check out the 4 page summary here:

Emergency Energy meeting: Two 100mw batteries could save Queenslanders $100mil in power prices

Queensland Conservation Council has called on Energy Minister Mick de Brenni to take a bold plan to build storage and commit to renewable energy long term to the first Energy Ministers meeting under new Federal Climate and Energy Minister, Chris Bowen tomorrow.

“We know that big batteries would save Queenslanders money. Our analysis found that two 100 megawatt, two hour batteries would have reduced wholesale electricity prices by over $100m in just one week in the February heatwave. We need Minister de Brenni to commit to a big battery build to solve the energy crunch.” Queensland Conservation Council Energy Strategist Clare Silcock said.   

“When South Australia faced blackouts, their response was to build a 100 megawatt battery in 100 days, bringing down power bills and delivering energy security. Queenslanders are about to be hit with a significant rise in power prices which means we need action from Minister de Brenni,” Ms Silcock said. 

“If South Australia could do it, Queensland can do it too. Minister de Brenni should commit to two 100 megawatt two hour batteries by the end of Winter, to start bringing down power prices for Queenslanders and safeguard our energy system ahead of summer,” Ms Silcock said. 

“After more than a year of planning, we are confident that Queensland Government can build batteries on land it already owns, connected to a transmission network it owns, to be operated by generators that it owns, quickly.” Ms Silcock asked.  

In the last 12 months, outages across all power stations have pushed up prices. In May, an average of over 3 GW of coal capacity was unavailable, around 40% of the state’s entire coal fleet.  

“The only time we’re getting any relief in prices is in the middle of the day when rooftop and large-scale solar is generating. This demonstrates how desperately we need more renewable energy capacity and more storage,” Ms Silcock said. 

Renewable energy expansion in Queensland has stalled since 2017 due to lack of political appetite that would make space for investment from renewable energy proponents. 

“We can’t rely on coal to get us out of this energy supply crisis. At tomorrow’s Federal Energy meeting, we need de Brenni to show that Queensland is ready for the jobs and industry opportunities that renewable energy delivers and the battery storage we need to keep prices stable long term,” Ms Silcock said. 

Media contact: Clare Silcock [email protected]

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