The Queensland Government acknowledges that climate change is occurring and is caused by human activity. Queensland’s policy response to climate change is broad-based and evolving. Already, the Queensland Government has made a number of commitments signalling a revitalisation of the state’s climate change agenda, emphasising both adaptation to climate change impacts and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Key commitments include:
- Developing and implementing a Queensland Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (Q-CAS) to ensure the state, its people, environment and economy are best positioned to adapt to current and future climate impacts.
- Establishing a Climate Change Coastal Hazard Adaptation Program over three years to help councils address current and future coastal hazards.
- Reinstating world class coastal planning laws.
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting greater use of renewable energy through A Solar Future plan.
Investing in Queensland communities to tackle climate change impacts
The Queensland Government is investing $15 million from 2015 to 2018 to tackle climate change impacts. We are working with a broad group of Partners to develop and implement the Queensland Climate Adaptation Strategy (Q-CAS) and roll out the Climate Change (Coastal Hazards) Adaptation Program (CHAP) in partnership with the Local Government Association of Queensland and coastal councils.
The Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Dr Steven Miles said that the 2015-16 Budget delivered on the Government’s commitment to work with councils to address climate change and coastal hazards.