Queensland releases agricultural emissions roadmap


As Queensland releases its Low Emission Agriculture Roadmap, Queensland farmers are urged to take action to reduce emissions and avoid future costs and disruptions.

The plan, announced Tuesday, outlines five key areas. Crop and Horticulture Emissions; Energy Opportunities; Carbon Agriculture and Landscape Management. and regional supply chains.

This includes industry-led research into methane-reduced stock feeds for livestock and the development of environmentally friendly fertilizer options.

Farmers are also encouraged to be aware of alternative fuels and power infrastructure that can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Agriculture will play a key role if the state aims to meet its net-zero commitments by 2050, Agriculture Minister Mark Farner said.

“Those who act now to plan to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions will incur less transition costs and disruption to their business than those who delay responding to market forces and respond urgently,” he said. Told.

“The goal is to provide a structured and smooth transition while minimizing drastic changes.”

Different industries in the agricultural sector are at different stages of developing and implementing emission reduction targets.

“There are winners not only in the savings that can be made by moving from fossil fuels to solar power, but in productivity gains, but also in well-spent dollar savings,” Farner said.

“The decision to act now is the right time. Delaying it will only cost more – we encourage people to consider their roadmap and look ahead to the future. increase.

Queensland’s agriculture industry is ready to adopt new practices and technologies to ensure the long-term sustainability of the sector, said AgForce Chief Executive Mike Guerin. I’m here.

“As a proud and responsible contributor to our state’s economy, we recognize the importance of doing what we can to reduce emissions to support our roadmap and promote long-term sustainability. I do,” Guerin said.

Queensland Farmers’ Federation CEO Joe Shepard said the industry has worked hard to meet global demand for a shift to low-emission production.

“Roadmaps help us align some of our messaging in an increasingly crowded marketplace,” she said.

“A strong agricultural sector is important to all of us, enabling farmers to do their best to produce the best food, fiber and leaves in the world, while ensuring farmers to achieve environmental performance. I need help with.”

The roadmap will be reviewed in 2028 to ensure it remains current and relevant.