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Qld Govt announces new emissions reduction target for 2030

THE Queensland Government will aim for a 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 as part of a climate transition strategy announced this morning in Cairns.

Environment minister Steven Miles said the plan would be funded by $15 million pledged in this year's budget to climate change and another $12 million for the government's climate adaptation fund.

Mr Miles said UNESCO's recent report on the Great Barrier Reef's status noted climate change was its biggest threat.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the government would work with industry and councils to enact transition and adaptation strategies to prepare the state for impacts of a warmer climate.

"By adopting this target we know we will drive investment in renewable energy, we know we will drive investment in jobs of the future, we know we will drive investment in research and new technology which are all critical to addressing climate change in the future," she said.

Ms Trad will meet with climate change activist Al Gore later this week.

The new climate transition strategy aims for a zero emission target by 2050.

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