14 December, 2018 –
The recent report from Bioenergy Australia and the Clean Energy Council’s latest solar rooftop statistics are two significant endorsements that prove that Queensland is leading the way when it comes to energy policy and we have four of Australia’s top five solar postcodes in the Sunshine State.
We have the lowest electricity prices, reliable supply and a planned, steady transition to a renewable future of 50 per cent renewables by 2030.
The Bioenergy state of the nation report rates Australia’s states and territories on the policies they have in place to develop a bioenergy sector that is economically and environmentally sustainable, and maintains its social licence to operate.
It rates Queensland first, followed by South Australia and Victoria and says:
What differentiates these jurisdictions is their policy objectives are better defined and more aligned to the bioenergy sector compared to other states and territories, and there is evidence of advocacy of the benefits and opportunities from bioenergy.
The report’s criteria, developed by KPMG, includes policy and project development, technology and feedstock diversity and advocacy.
It notes that Queensland has 49 of Australia’s 179 bioenergy projects, second only to New South Wales with 53.
The Premier is also the inaugural recipient of the Bioenergy Government Leadership Award, presented by Bioenergy Australia in October, in recognition of the Queensland Government’s development of the bioeconomic sector.
Bioenergy is produced from a range of biomass sources, including agricultural products like bagasse, local council waste and landfill gas. It is used for electricity, heating, for transport fuel and chemicals for use in polyester fibres for clothing, detergent and other products.