Have your say on the draft Low Emissions Agriculture Roadmap

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Queensland Low Emissions Agriculture Roadmap 2022-32 consultation

Have your say

Help shape the future of agriculture in Queensland.

We want your feedback on the draft Queensland Low Emissions Agriculture Roadmap 2022-32 to reduce agriculture emissions and increase carbon farming.

The draft roadmap can be downloaded from the Document Library on this page. You can submit your thoughts on the roadmap by completing the survey below, or uploading a written submission using the form on this page.

The consultation closes on 10 August 2022.

  • Draft Queensland Low Emissions Agriculture Roadmap Consultation

    Tell us what you think about the actions in the draft roadmap by completing this survey.

    The questions are across 5 focus areas, and you can provide feedback on all the areas or just those that impact or interest you:

    • livestock emissions
    • cropping and horticulture emissions
    • on-farm energy opportunities
    • carbon farming and land management
    • regions and supply chains.

    We recommend reading the draft roadmap before you submit feedback.

    The survey closes at midnight on 10 August 2022.

The draft Queensland Low Emissions Agriculture Roadmap 2022–32 provides a strong framework to reduce agriculture emissions and increase carbon farming. Its strength is its co-design with key industry partners and government.

The draft roadmap drives: 

  • research, development and adoption of low emissions production systems
  • support for agribusinesses along the supply chain to make climate-informed business decisions through education, training and skills
  • integrated actions across government to support inter-related climate action initiatives.

Current state

The Queensland agribusiness and food sector contributes significantly to Queensland’s economy. It has a key role in providing safe, sustainable food to an increasing world population. Queensland’s primary industry commodities are forecast to be $23.54 billion in 2021–22, and account for more than 13% of Queensland’s overseas exports. The industry employs more than 365,000 people across the agribusiness supply chain. Industry and government are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon capture in the landscape. This is the expectation of domestic markets and Australia’s global trading partners. Key trading partners are committing to carbon import tariff mechanisms. Food manufacturers and retailers are working towards carbon reduction targets. Today’s consumers want food that is sustainable and ethically produced. Carbon-neutral branded products currently attract a price premium. Consumer trends suggest in the future there will likely be an expectation that all food products will be low or carbon neutral. Investments in drought resilience and climate adaptation measures have expanded to increasingly focus on limiting the sector’s greenhouse gas footprint and streamlining production efficiencies.

Key industry targets

The sector plays a vital role in the Queensland Climate Action Plan 2020–2030 and Queensland’s and Australia’s zero net emissions economy by 2050 target. For example, the Australian red meat sector has a target to be carbon neutral by 2030 and has invested heavily in research, development and leadership capability to achieve this goal. Australian Pork Ltd has also committed to be carbon positive and zero waste by 2025, while others, such as sugarcane, cotton and poultry, have undertaken research to understand where emissions reduction is possible.

Taking action now—the benefits

Economic analysis shows that the cost of taking action now is significantly lower than it will be if we delay this transition, even by only a few years. Action to lower production-based agriculture emissions whilst lifting production and nurturing our natural environment will ensure Queensland’s agriculture sector continues to prosper. Consumer trends for plant proteins and flexitarian diets are providing new market opportunities for Queensland food and fibre chains. By transitioning to a lower emissions production system and increased landscape carbon capture, the Queensland agricultural sector will have recognisable credentials in future trade negotiations.

Working together

To meet this challenge, the draft roadmap has been co-designed with industry peak bodies, research organisations and service providers, state and local government, natural resource management groups, the corporate agribusiness sector and other key stakeholders such as leading Queensland food and fibre producers and agriculture supply chain businesses. This has enabled a coordinated sector-wide partnership approach. The sector understands transformative change is possible across the supply chain as new technologies come online. However, no sector can make these system changes alone. Achieving real carbon reductions in the agriculture sector requires strong partnerships between industry, governments, research providers and the community. By working together, we will deliver a lower emissions production system that strengthens Queensland agriculture’s environmental and social credentials to help secure long-term economic and social prosperity in rural communities.

Our vision

The Queensland agribusiness sector is a world leader in low carbon production and supply chains, maximising carbon farming opportunities.

Meeting our commitment

The Queensland Government is committed to reducing Queensland’s greenhouse gas emissions by:

  • 30% reduction on 2005 emissions by 2030
  • powering Queensland with 50% renewable energy by 2030
  • zero net emissions by 2050. The draft roadmap builds on this commitment by outlining:
    • technologies and policies needed to facilitate a measured and continued decline in production-based greenhouse gas emissions
    • practices producers can adopt now to better understand their greenhouse gas footprint and position their business to capitalise on low emissions technologies as they become viable.

      Together these actions will drive agribusinesses and the supply chain towards the zero net emissions economy 2050 targets.

Defining our actions

To drive progress towards achieving our vision, actions across five focus areas have been identified:

  1. livestock emissions
  2. cropping and horticulture emissions
  3. on-farm energy opportunities
  4. carbon farming and land management
  5. regions and supply chains.

Building on government and industry activity

The roadmap builds on other industry and government strategies taking us towards the 2050 zero net emissions goals. Industry commitments:

Queensland Government initiatives