QLD Renewable Energy Target (2017)

Policy Description

The Queensland Renewable Energy Target (QRET) was announced in 2017 under the state’s Climate Transition Strategy, and set a target to supply 50 per cent of its electricity consumption with renewable sources by 2030.

InfluenceMap Query

Renewable Energy

Policy Status


Lobbying Overview

  • The evidence collected on corporate and industry lobbying on the QRET from 2016-20 indicates that the majority of corporate influence on the policy has been unsupportive.
  • Companies including Rio Tinto and Delta Electricity, as well as industry groups such as APPEA, Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Queensland Resources Council, opposed the QRET or lobbied to weaken the target. These entities have emphasized the risk of increased energy prices, the need for a technology-neutral approach, and/or the need to avoid duplication with the (less ambitious) federal Renewable Energy Target.
  • Clean Energy Council has actively supported the QRET via its social media messaging in 2020.

Evidence Profile


Policy Progress

Despite mostly negative lobbying from corporations and industry associations, Queensland's target to generate 50 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 is still in place unchanged.

Entities Engaged on Policy

The table below lists the entities tracked by InfluenceMap which have publicly engaged with the policy. InfluenceMap tracks around 300 companies and 150 industry associations globally. Each entity links back to the entities’ full InfluenceMap profile, where the evidence of its engagement can be found.

Influencemap Performance BandOrganizationEngagement Intensity
DRio Tinto Group38Metals & MiningEurope
FSunset Power International (Delta Electricity)11UtilitiesOceania
E+Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA)39EnergyOceania
E+Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry19All SectorsOceania
CAustralian Industry Group (Ai Group)53All SectorsOceania
EQueensland Resources Council (QRC)20Metals & MiningOceania
C+Australian Energy Council40EnergyOceania