Leaders slam State Govt 2050 carbon neutral pledge
LEADERS have slammed a State Government plan to reduce Queensland net carbon emissions to zero by 2050, claiming the move will place a strain on the North’s resources sector.
Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan said the Government needed to come clean on whether the new policy was “payback for their Adani decision” on coal royalties.
STATE and federal leaders have slammed a plan to drastically reduce Queensland’s net carbon emissions to zero by 2050, claiming the “hypocritical” move would place a strain on the North’s resources sector.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad and Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles announced the Queensland Climate Transition and Adaptation Strategies yesterday, which laid out plans to reduce carbon pollution while preparing communities for a warmer climate.
Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan said the State Government needed to come clean on whether the new policy was “payback for their Adani decision”.
In May, the State Government announced a royalty scheme for Adani’s $ 16.5 billion coal mine despite a Left faction revolt in the Cabinet threatening the project.
“Are they trying to do a deal with the Greens?” Mr Canavan said. “I think Queensland deserves to know what the preferences are – this might be a small reflection of those discussions with the Greens.”
Mr Canavan said the policy would increase power bills.
“Our problem in North Queensland is that we want to continue growing,” he said.
“That means higher carbon emissions if we do develop but what is their modelling?”
Ms Trad said the target would allow the state’s workforce to pivot from the resources sector to renewable jobs.
“By adopting this target, we know that we will drive investment in renewable energy and we will drive investment into research and new technologies,” she said in Cairns.
Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said the target was a “real slap” for the North, which relied on the resources sector.
“It is a recipe that will kill jobs across Northern Australia, it’s a recipe for higher electricity prices and a recipe for carbon tax,” he said.
“It is incrediblyl h hypocriticaliti l to release this glossy brochure just a month after pretending that they supported the Adani resources project.”
Senator Ian Macdonald said having zero carbon emissions was “fairyland stuff”.
“Australia emits less than 1.2 per cent of the world’s carbon emissions,” he said.
“Each fortnight in India they open a new coal- fired power station. For Australia to suggest that by cutting our emissions by even 50 per cent ( would make a difference) is just ridiculous.”
Greens candidate for South Brisbane Amy MacMahon said no party could credibly claim to be rapidly reducing carbon emissions while simultaneously giving handouts to m multinational coal companies.
“The Labor Party’s pledge t to make the state carbon neutral by 2050 is a con job and a j joke,” she said.
Dr Miles said to fulfil the Paris agreement signed by the Federal Government, developed nations needed to achieve zero net emissions around the middle of the century.
“Emissions from coal exported will be accounted for in the country in which they are used,” he said.
“There will continue to be a market for Queensland coal for decades to come, although thermal coal usage is projected to decline over that time.
“Most of Queensland’s coal exports are coking coal, which is used for steelmaking.
“The Government’s expert panel examined pathways to achieve our renewable energy target, and determined that existing coal generators could continue to operate at least until 2030.”