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Estimates: Questions about the Government's so-called "Climate Action Plan"

During Parliamentary Budget Estimates on Friday 30 July 2021, I asked about the lack of actual targets or credible path in the Government's new so-called Climate Action Plan (website). 

You can read the answers below or in the official Queensland Parliament Record of Proceedings (Hansard).

Mr BERKMAN: I want to very quickly return to the climate action plan. I have a quick question for the DG. The plan is based on the government’s existing 2030 and 2050 targets for renewables and emission reduction. I am curious whether the plan includes any time-bound measures or interim targets ahead of 2030 against which progress towards the headline targets can be measured?

Ms SCANLON: I might take that question if that is okay. The DG might be able to add some commentary as well. The idea of the climate action plan and the team of ministers focused on it is that we can continue to look at this regularly. We will be implementing measures obviously not just by 2030 but in the lead-up to 2030, as we have done to date. It provides a great opportunity for us to be looking at where we are at in terms of our emission profile and then what further needs to be done—whether that is through policy or investment.

We will not be setting additional targets as such, because we have already set that interim target of 2030 and then 2050. We will be making sure that that information around where our emissions are at, as it already is, is publicly available and that we show people what we are doing to make sure we deliver on what we have set out to achieve.

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