'Credible pathways to a 50% renewable energy target for Queensland' Draft Report

Executive Summary

The Queensland Government has committed to investigating a renewable energy target for Queensland of 50% by 2030. To help deliver on this commitment, the Government has established the Renewable Energy Expert Panel to provide advice on credible pathways to achieving a 50% renewable energy target for Queensland by 2030. The policy seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change, as well as to create economic development opportunities in the state.

Following the release of the Panel’s Issues Paper in May 2016, the Panel has undertaken a comprehensive public consultation process involving industry stakeholders, government, community organisations and individuals. This included:

► 4,630 people accessing the online portal, with 1,120 downloads of the Issues Paper

► 190 people attending the 8 public and industry forums conducted across the state

► Over 50 formal submissions to the Issues Paper

► Meetings with stakeholders in Queensland and interstate

During the consultation process there was a high level of interest in the proposed renewable energy target from the public and key stakeholders. A summary of public consultation outcomes, along with the written submissions received by the Panel, has been published alongside this report.

The Panel also commissioned modelling and analysis from Jacobs, the Centre of Policy Studies and KPMG.

Based on this consultation and analysis, this report presents the draft findings and recommendations of the Panel.


Executive Summary

The Queensland Government has committed to investigating a renewable energy target for Queensland of 50% by 2030. To help deliver on this commitment, the Government has established the Renewable Energy Expert Panel to provide advice on credible pathways to achieving a 50% renewable energy target for Queensland by 2030. The policy seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change, as well as to create economic development opportunities in the state.

Following the release of the Panel’s Issues Paper in May 2016, the Panel has undertaken a comprehensive public consultation process involving industry stakeholders, government, community organisations and individuals. This included:

► 4,630 people accessing the online portal, with 1,120 downloads of the Issues Paper

► 190 people attending the 8 public and industry forums conducted across the state

► Over 50 formal submissions to the Issues Paper

► Meetings with stakeholders in Queensland and interstate

During the consultation process there was a high level of interest in the proposed renewable energy target from the public and key stakeholders. A summary of public consultation outcomes, along with the written submissions received by the Panel, has been published alongside this report.

The Panel also commissioned modelling and analysis from Jacobs, the Centre of Policy Studies and KPMG.

Based on this consultation and analysis, this report presents the draft findings and recommendations of the Panel.