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Australia is committed to taking action on climate change. As part of a coordinated global action, Australia has set a target to reduce emissions by 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, which builds on our 2020 target of reducing emissions by five per cent below 2000 levels. Further information on Australia’s target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions can be found at:  http://dfat.gov.au/international-relations/themes/climate-change/pages/climate-change.aspx.

One of the initiatives the Australian Government has undertaken to achieve the emissions reduction target is the Renewable Energy Target (RET). The RET is an Australian Government scheme designed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in the electricity sector and encourage the additional generation of electricity from sustainable and renewable sources. The target aims to have about 23.5 per cent of Australia’s electricity generation in 2020 from renewable sources. Further information on the Commonwealth Government’s RET can be found at:



In addition to the Northern Territory’s Renewable Energy target, other States and Territory’s around Australia have also committed to renewable energy targets and/or incentives to encourage investment in renewable energy so they can contribute to the national RET.

Queensland is committed to growing their renewable energy industry to create jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Queensland has established a number of initiatives to attract investment, including commitment to a target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

To assist Queensland in achieving the 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030, the Queensland Government established the Queensland Renewable Energy Expert Panel to provide advice on credible pathways to a 50% renewable energy target for Queensland by 2030. Further information can be found at:

https://www.dews.qld.gov.au/electricity/solar/solar-future. Alternatively, information can also be found at the Queensland Renewable Energy Expert Panel website: http://www.qldrepanel.com.au/

Tasmania has a natural competitive advantage in renewable energy, with proven hydro and wind resources as well as emerging potential in biomass to bioenergy sources. Tasmania also has significant existing renewable energy research, industry and government knowledge and capabilities. Priorities for Tasmania’s renewable energy sector include facilitating development of distributed/embedded generation projects including wind, mini-hydro and biomass technologies in particular; and renewable energy based on Tasmania's endowment of residues for the agriculture and forestry industries. Currently, Tasmania at times generates nearly 100 per cent of its electricity needs from renewables each year. Further information can be found at:  http://www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au/home/sectors/renewable_energy