Queensland Joins Under2 Coalition and Commits to Zero Emissions by 2050
July 12, 2017
LONDON: Queensland has become the latest member of the Under2 Coalition of leading sub-national governments that are working together to fight climate change and support the Paris Climate Agreement.
The Coalition, for which The Climate Group act as Secretariat, bring together cities, states and regions, as well as national governments, committed to reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions toward net-zero by 2050.
Jackie Trad, Deputy Premier, Queensland signed the Under2MOU on Wednesday during meetings with former US Vice President Al Gore at the EcoCity World Summit in Melbourne, joining the Australian states of Victoria, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory as members.
Signatories make a public commitment to reduce their GHG emissions by 80-95% on 1990 levels, or 2 metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent per capita, by 2050, and Queensland has become the 177th member.
The Coalition was founded in 2015 by California and the German state of Baden-Württemberg to galvanize ambitious climate action from sub-national governments in the build up to the COP21 climate summit when the historic Paris Agreement was reached.
Coalition members include sub-national governments from around the world and it is also endorsed by 15 nations with Fiji becoming the latest national endorser at a ceremony in Sacramento, California in June.
Trad said that the Queensland government “is taking action to transition to a low carbon, clean growth economy and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate. Today, in the absence of federal leadership and alongside Al Gore and my state and territory colleagues from Vic, SA and the ACT, we have reaffirmed our commitment to tackling climate change and achieving zero net emissions by 2050 through a Climate Leadership Declaration. As we go through this inevitable economic change, we know we can continue to grow jobs and the economy and get the transition right.
“We will work with states, territories, local governments and industry as we build this new economy and wait for a national government that will take this issue seriously.”
Queensland launched two climate change strategies this month with the Climate Transition Strategy setting out key commitments which will help the state to meet the Under2 goals. The targets include zero net emissions by 2050, an interim emissions reduction goal of at least 30% below 2005 levels by 2030, and a target of 50% renewable energy powering Queensland by 2030.
The Queensland Climate Adaptation Strategy will support the research and assessment of key climate change impacts and provide the necessary resources to plan for these.