Queensland introduces 75% by 2035 emission reduction bill

Close-up of smiling Queensland Premier Steven Miles (emissions)
Queensland Premier Steven Miles

New Queensland Premier Steven Miles introduced a bill to legislate an ambitious target of cutting carbon emissions by 75% by 2035 in state parliament on Wednesday.

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News of the emission reduction legislation was welcomed by environmental groups, who are calling for bi-partisan support on climate change.

“Two years ago, Queensland had no plans to phase out coal-fired power and one of the country’s weakest climate targets. Now the Sunshine State has shifted gears and we’re beating other states in the race to take action on climate change,” Queensland Conservation Council director Dave Copeman said.

“Queenslanders have copped it this summer from extreme flooding and storms. As Australia’s most disaster-prone state, it’s a no-brainer that we should be taking serious action on climate change for the safety of our communities and nature.

“Our analysis demonstrates that reaching the 75% emission reduction target is not only responsible but also very achievable with the right policies in place.”

According to the latest data, Queensland has already reduced emissions by 29% from 2005 levels.

Miles said it was a “responsible, credible and critical target,” and the bill “positions Queensland as a world leader on the pathway to net zero”.

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The Liberal National party has yet to comment on the proposed legislation.

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