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December
14
2015

Queensland to boost renewable energy target

 

Source: ABC, 14 Dec 2015


Queensland will look to lift its renewable energy target in the wake of the Paris agreement to tackle climate change.


Envoys from 195 nations agreed on the weekend to transform the world's fossil fuel-driven economy within decades and slow the pace of global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.


Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her government was focused on wind and solar farms, while maintaining a commitment to coal.


"We will always be reliant on coal. Coal is a backbone of our economy, but we are diversifying," she said in an exclusive interview with the ABC.


"We've got a really firm focus on renewables, so expect some more announcements next year in relation to that field.


"I'd like to see that [renewable energy mix] increase."


Australia's target of a 26 to 28 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2030 remains unchanged, but the Paris agreement will put pressure on the Government to do more.


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