ACCIONA Energía commits to decarbonising Queensland

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ACCIONA Energía signing the Statement of Cooperation. Image credit: Queensland government.

Renewable energy producer, ACCIONA Energía, has joined Rio Tinto Australia, Alpha HPA and Orica in signing the Central Queensland Statement of Cooperation, committing to the shift towards decarbonisation. 

“The world is starting to realise the natural advantage Queensland has in renewable energy and manufacturing and that we are ready for renewable investment right now,” Queensland deputy premier and minister for State Development Steven Miles said. 

“The Statement of Cooperation outlines our commitment to making Central Queensland a renewable energy powerhouse. We are bringing together key players in the region to leverage our traditional strengths and build a state that will thrive in the global transformations ahead.” 

Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen, Mick de Brenni, said the state government is well on the way to achieving its Queensland Renewable Energy Target by 2030. 

“Late last year, we saw ACCIONA Energía sign a historic Memorandum of Understanding with the Stanwell Corporation to power Stanwell’s hydrogen facility with ACCIONA Energía’s renewable energy,” de Brenni said. 

“There’s a massive growth in demand for renewable energy and this Statement will ensure Central Queensland becomes one of the first regions in the world to benefit from that.” 

Queensland is leading the way in delivering globally competitive energy solutions, ACCIONA Energía global chairman and CEO José Manuel Entrecanales said. 

“Through renewable energy infrastructure commitments and the green hydrogen opportunities being developed, Queensland is demonstrating that renewable energy can deliver a sustainable zero net emissions industrial and manufacturing powerhouse,” Entrecanales said. 

ACCIONA Energía managing director, Brett Wickham, agrees that Central Queensland is a region with great potential for renewable energy. 

“Central Queensland has enormous opportunities for renewable energy to create new jobs in the region and can supercharge the area’s economic growth,” Wickham said. 

“Between our MoU with Stanwell Corporation and signing the Statement of Cooperation, we have made a strategic long-term commitment to the future of Central Queensland.” 

The Statement of Cooperation will help Queensland become more competitive and add value to its natural energy advantage. It will drive employment and economic outcomes for the state by focusing on three areas: 

  • committing to industry by establishing certainty for current industry and growing demand; 
  • delivering a globally competitive energy solution that is centred around firmed, low-carbon electricity for industry; and 
  • growing the industries of the future in Central Queensland by creating an enabling regulatory environment, strengthening regional skills and employment to lower capital intensity, and planning for the infrastructure to enable industry development. 

“Our ambitious target to get to net zero emissions by 2050 is creating huge opportunities, with more jobs in more industries right along the renewable energy supply chain,” Miles said. 

Read more about Queensland’s Hydrogen Strategy and the $3.34 billion Queensland Jobs Fund. 

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