After being sworn in as Queensland’s 40th Premiere following the surprise resignation of Annastacia Palaszczuk, Steven Miles has announced his government’s priorities, which included ramping up the Sunshine State’s emissions reduction target (ERT) to 75% emissions reduction by 2035 Queensland.
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While environmental groups had called for a target of at least 90% emissions reductions by 2035, the new ERT brings Queensland more inline with the ERTs of NSW and the ACT.
Climate Council head of advocacy Dr Jennifer Rayner said, “Queensland is stepping up its game to cut carbon pollution under new Premier Steven Miles. This is another welcome sign that Australia’s states are building on the momentum that’s well underway to cut harmful carbon pollution. This is the kind of race to the top on climate action we need.
“Queensland has so many opportunities to seize the benefits of renewable energy and clean industry, and we look forward to seeing how the Miles Government will back this target in with new policy that builds on the Energy and Jobs Plan.
“With Australia’s three biggest states now all having emissions reduction targets between 70-80%, this sets a clear bar for the federal government in stepping up action this decade and setting our next national target in the new year.”
Queensland Conservation Council director Dave Copeman said, “Today’s announcement by the new Premier is a strong step forward for Queensland and a clear acknowledgment of the urgent need for greater climate action across the state.
“Increasing emissions reduction target to 75% by 2035 is the kind of leadership we need, creating greater momentum and commitment to address climate change.
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“While we welcome and celebrate this positive move, setting a target is only the beginning. If we are to keep Queenslanders safe, we need growing momentum in the transition to low emissions. The state must now ratchet up its climate ambitions across the board, implementing comprehensive policies and initiatives to ensure we meet and beat this target.”