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Queensland to aim for zero net emissions 2050 target

Felicity Caldwell reports in the Brisbane Times (11.7.17) on the Palaszczuk Government's announcement of a target of zero net carbon emissions in the state by 2050.

'Queensland will have zero net emissions by 2050, under a plan to drive down carbon pollution announced by the state government. Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the Queensland plan was necessary to help the nation implement the Paris Agreement.

'"We know that the Turnbull LNP government at a federal level has failed to provide the national leadership that this country needs in order to meet our obligations under the Paris Agreement," Ms Trad said. "That's why the Palaszczuk government is taking action now".

'Releasing two documents, the Climate Transition and Climate Adaptation strategies, Ms Trad said the government had mapped a way to achieving zero net emissions by 2050. There would also be a target of reducing emissions by 30 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030.'

The electricity sector needs to cut carbon by 45% by 2030 to keep Australia on track

Amandine Denis writes in The Conversation (12.7.17) that a new analysis by ClimateWorks Australia says that the electricity sector needs to do far more to cut its carbon emissions than will be delivered by current policy settings.

'Our new ClimateWorks Australia report, released today, shows that the electricity sector needs to deliver a much greater cut than the 28% emissions reduction modelled in the Finkel Review if Australia is to meet its overall climate target for 2030.

'When Australia’s energy ministers meet this Friday to discuss (among other things) the Finkel Review released last month, they will hopefully consider its recommendations for the electricity sector in the broader context of developing a long-term national climate policy.

'According to our analysis, the electricity sector should cut emissions by at least 45% by 2030, as part of a move towards net zero emissions by 2050. This is well beyond current government policies, but is crucial if Australia is to meet its climate obligations in an economically responsible way.'


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