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Queensland is the highest emitting jurisdiction in Australia, with its industries producing 32% of the country’s total emissions. Most Queensland’s industries emit above the state’s share of GDP and population.
Queensland has current targets of 50% renewable energy by 2030 and 30% emissions reduction below 2005 levels by 2030. However, these targets are not aligned with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5-degree goal and fall short of other jurisdictions such as the ACT, Victoria and South Australia, where targets are more ambitious and written into legislation.
This strategy document argues that Queensland could significantly lift its climate ambitions and create new jobs and industries by focusing on 3 key areas: