Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

Delivering decisive action on climate change

Longreach Solar Farm

25 October, 2019 –

The Palaszczuk Government accepts the scientific consensus on climate change and is committed to decisive action. This includes playing our part to reduce global carbon emissions and meet the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement to halt global temperature increases to well below two degrees Celsius.

Not one of the below policies has been supported by the LNP who are opposed to having a 50 per cent renewable energy target.

The Palaszczuk Government is delivering:

  • A 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030. Under the Palaszczuk Government, 2,620 megawatts of large-scale renewable energy projects have been delivered as part of $5.2 billion of investment that supported 4,700 jobs during construction. Large-scale renewables delivered under the Palaszczuk Government provide enough power to offset the emissions of more than 1 million homes, with the capacity to displace more than 6 million tonnes of carbon emissions each year.
     
  • More solar and battery grants to support the uptake of renewables at a household level. More than 560,000 Queensland roofs now have solar systems with 30 solar farms generating across the State. Rooftops and solar farms combined now have the capacity to generate more than 4,000 megawatts – the equivalent of two Gladstone Power Stations.
     
  • $330 million towards preserving the Great Barrier Reef and improving water quality. As Queensland’s most iconic natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef supports 64,000 jobs and contributes $6.4 billion to the national economy, including 33,000 jobs and $3.9 billion to the Queensland economy.
     
  • Queensland’s first government-owned clean energy power generator – CleanCo will be trading by the end of this month and will drive another 1,000 megawatts of large-scale renewable energy.
     
  • A $19 million Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy, leading the nation by supporting a new industry to export Queensland’s renewable energy to the world. Hydrogen cars will now be integrated into the Queensland Government’s fleet with a new hydrogen refuelling station at QUT.
     
  • A set target to reach zero net emissions by 2050, with an interim target for at least a 30 per cent reduction in emissions on 2005 levels by 2030 under the Queensland Climate Transition Strategy.
     
  • A new energy network business, Yurika, has been formed to support the update of renewable and battery solutions for businesses and households.
     
  • A $97 million Advancing Clean Energy Schools program to support the installation of solar panel systems at 210 schools.
     
  • Australia’s first electric vehicle superhighway, stretching from Coolangatta to Cairns, with new charging stations now rolling out at tourism destinations in Far North Queensland.
     
  • A $500 million Land Restoration Fund to support carbon farming projects in Queensland and establish an economic value for Queensland’s natural assets.
     
  • Responsible vegetation management laws which now protect 405,000 hectares of vegetation in protected catchments flowing into the Great Barrier Reef.
     
  • The reintroduction of an industry Waste Levy to stop interstate waste being dumped in Queensland, reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, and support the recycling industry to improve environment outcomes. This includes a commitment to a $100 million Resource Recovery Industry Development Program to support businesses to divert waste from landfill and increase recycling. Recycling supports three times as many jobs as landfill, so this is an investment in jobs for Queenslanders.
     
  • A Biofutures 10-year Roadmap and Action Plan, supporting a biorefinery pilot project in Gladstone as well as the use of biofuels at Brisbane Airport to lower emissions.
     
  • The reintroduction of the EcoBiz program, in partnership with CCIQ, to help businesses achieve energy and water efficiencies, reduce waste and save on their bills.
     
  • A solar for rental trial to encourage landlords and tenants to install rooftop solar.
     
  • A $20 million Business Energy Savers Program to support agricultural and large businesses to improve energy efficiency and save on bills.
     
  • AND

  • An Energy Savvy Families pilot to support households in regional areas to reduce electricity consumption and save on bills.