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Queensland targets below50 emissions

The Queensland Government has thrown its support behind below50 it announced this week.

below50 was formed as a way of connecting organisations who endorse sustainable fuels that are at least 50 per cent less carbon intensive than regular fuels.

Cameron Dick, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning recommitted Queensland to a statement of collaboration first signed at the BIO World Congress in Philadelphia earlier in the year.

The Washington-based Gerard Ostheimer, senior advisor of below50, and Damiana Serafini, Transport Manager at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and global lead of below50, attended the gathering in Parliament.

“We are proud to be the first jurisdiction in the world to have committed our support to this global sustainability campaign for fuels that reduce carbon emissions by more than 50 per cent compared with conventional fossil fuels,” said Dick.

“Formalising the agreement allows us to grow these relationships and draw on the support and expertise of the below50 global community, which includes investors, businesses, renewable fuel producers and users, and government agencies.”

Dick said it also opened the door to further opportunities for Queensland with below50 Australia stakeholders in the renewable fuel supply chain.

The commitment aligns with the Palaszczuk Government’s Biofutures 10-year roadmap and action plan in which it was outlining a vision for the development of a thriving industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector, including the production of sustainable biofuels.

Queensland, according to Dick, remained in a strong position to capitalise on its existing agricultural and manufacturing base to support infrastructure by taking a leading role in the production of low carbon fuels.

“The supply chain runs from farmers supplying biomass in the form of feedstock to biorefineries turning this into renewable fuels, and the associated opportunities from this work will lead to the creation of more high-value, knowledge-based jobs here in Queensland, and largely in our regional areas.”

Larissa Rose, Queensland Renewables Fuels Association (QRFA) Managing Director, who is helping to promote below50, said the objective was to see greater uptake of low-carbon fuels into Queensland’s transport sector.

“The Queensland Government is to be congratulated for successfully becoming the first jurisdiction in the world to sign up to the below50 global campaign,” she said.

“This world-first status is really something to celebrate, and puts Queensland in the driver’s seat for collaborating, promoting and expanding the production and use of sustainable low carbon biofuels.”

“QRFA have a vision for our state, and we look forward to collaborating with the Queensland Government to foster additional partnerships and business-to-business opportunities to support our biofutures sector.”

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