Climate and Energy Policy

QRC statement on energy and climate change

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and its members are committed to working together to achieve energy security while taking proactive steps towards a low-emissions economy.

An orderly transition to a low-emissions economy will require an integrated set of national policies, which are technology-neutral.

These policies must be within the framework of Australia’s participation in global agreements, including the Paris Agreement, which includes greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments from major emitting nations.

QRC supports the Paris Agreement and its emissions reductions goals to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.

QRC supports action to achieve the commitments under the Agreement.

Climate change is a critical global challenge, which must be addressed by all parts of society. The resources industry is committed to being part of the global solution.

In their own operations, QRC members are already working to lower emissions and reduce energy costs by improving energy efficiency, adopting renewable energy, investing in co-generation and implementing demand management.

QRC supports the ongoing efforts of members as they seek to decarbonise their operations.

The ongoing strength of the resources sector will be essential to realise the benefit of new economy minerals, including their role in new energy sources such as renewables and hydrogen.

QRC will continue to advocate for state policies that enable the cost-effective reduction of emissions, consistent with the Queensland Government’s goal of net zero emissions by 2050. National climate policy issues will remain the responsibility of national resources industry associations.

QRC’s advocacy is governed by the QRC Political Engagement Policy, which recognises a core activity of the QRC is to advocate for and influence policy outcomes that are in the best interest of the Queensland resources industry.

The policy outlines the approach and general expectations of the QRC in relation to engaging in the political process in Australia.

QRC does not seek to intervene in the electoral process by directly campaigning for or against any particular political party, group or individual.