The Palaszczuk government says it’s leading the way in initiatives to combat climate change, with strong targets to reduce emissions, the $500 million Land Restoration Fund, carbon farming and vegetation management laws.
Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch has today chaired the meeting of the Queensland Climate Advisory Council (QCAC) – a pre-eminent research and social science group that provides expert advice to the Queensland Government on how the state can best respond to climate change.
“Last week we also passed landmark laws in Queensland Parliament to end broadscale tree clearing in Queensland, which will help us meet our commitments to reduce emissions.”
“We are currently developing the $500 million Land Restoration Fund, which rewards Queensland landholders and primary producers for reducing emissions and encourages land restoration.”
Ms Enoch says QCAC included leaders from the private, public and non-government sectors who were best-placed to advise the Queensland Government on how the State can maximise economic and social opportunities associated with transitioning to a low-carbon, climate-ready economy.
“From carbon farming to renewable energy, electric vehicles to advances in agricultural technology and production techniques, addressing climate change could be an economic win for Queensland if we can transition our economy to capitalise on emerging global trends.”
Queensland has set a target of zero net emissions by 2050 and an ambitious interim target of 30 % reduction in emissions by 2030, on a 2005 baseline.