Leaders and Legends: Thousands of Clean Jobs for Queenslanders

08.10.20 By
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Queensland is famous for its sunshine, friendly people and relaxed way of life. But recently, COVID-19 has hit everyone hard. Fortunately, the Sunshine State has the natural resources to become a world leader in renewable energy, as well as in industries such as clean manufacturing, minerals processing and renewable hydrogen – bringing with it tens of thousands of jobs.

The Climate Council’s report ‘Leaders and Legends: Thousands of Clean Jobs for Queenslanders’ finds that accelerating the development of Renewable Energy Zones (REZ) will give Queensland a global competitive advantage in energy-intensive industries, create jobs for Queenslanders, and new export opportunities. And our Clean Jobs Plan has shown that, in the immediate term, 15,000 – 20,000 jobs could be created in Queensland across 12 policy areas.

From Copperstring 2.0 to lithium-ion battery manufacturing, there are so many reasons to be optimistic about Queensland’s economic future as it rebuilds from COVID-19.


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Key Findings

1. As Queensland rebuilds its economy from the COVID-19 crisis, it should seize the opportunity to create jobs in renewable energy and the industries it will power.

2. Queensland has the potential to be a clean industrial superpower. Generations of Queenslanders could work in clean industries such as clean manufacturing, mining, minerals processing and hydrogen made from renewables.

3. CopperString 2.0 is a proposed transmission project connecting North West Queensland to the National Electricity Market (NEM), unlocking exceptional wind and solar resources and new opportunities in mining and minerals processing.

4. Renewable energy not only creates jobs, it addresses long term challenges like climate change.

“Regional cities like Townsville, Gladstone and Mackay have the skilled workforce, close proximity to excellent renewable resources, and established industrial infrastructure that makes them ideal to develop clean industries.” – Amanda McKenzie, Climate Council CEO


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